This US Navy shell was discovered in a rotted tree trunk in Kake in the 1940s when the ground was being cleared for the construction of the ANB Hall.
It was kept in a private residence until 2011, when it was turned over to the Organized Village of Kake and deactivated by an Air Force special ordnance team from Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Reports state that three villages (35 clan houses) in Skanáx (Saginaw) and Security Bays and three smaller camps were destroyed, along with the supplies of food stored for the winter and canoes. The main Kake village was also shelled. Though this charge was fired, there is no evidence that it struck anything given its intact and unscathed condition.
This is a standard Parrott percussion fuse used by the US Navy. The type of shell was common during the US Civil War and would have had a wide brass sabot. It was fired from a 30 pound Parrott gun on the US Navy ship USS Saginaw.
It is on loan from Organized Village of Kake to Sealaska Heritage Institute until the can build an appropriate facility for its display in Kake.
Loan of Organized Village of Kake