A Cannon from the Civil War ship USS R.R. Cuyler in Oyster Bay

Long Island Past and Present

Cannon from RR Culyer Photo Credit – ldoysterbay.com

At Derby-Hall Bandstand in Townsend Park in Oyster Bay, there are three cannons. One of them situated at the foot of the stairs of Derby-Hall Bandstand is a circa 1861 Civil War trophy gun from the ship USS R.R. Cuyler.

On June 26, 1903, in front of the Town Clerk’s office on Audrey Avenue, President Theodore Roosevelt unveiled a Civil War parrot gun from the cruiser USS R.R. Culyer. It is a 30-pound Parrott rifle and weighs 3,510 lb.

The gun was originally given by the Navy to the Oyster Bay High School to be placed in front of the school. The school was then on the corner of Weeks Avenue and Anstice Street, but the Board of Education felt that the gun would be more appropriate in front of the Town Clerk’s office. The Town Board and the Navy both agreed with the change…

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2 thoughts on “A Cannon from the Civil War ship USS R.R. Cuyler in Oyster Bay

  1. It has a prominent place in town where it can be seen all the time across from the Post Office on one side and the Town Hall on the other side. Also, Billy Joel’s Motorcycle Museum is a few steps from the post office.

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