On Tuesday night, I headed out after putting the kids to bed in hopes of capturing another good sunset. While the clouds and approaching storms should have combined to put on a strong show, the light never really materialized. I had driven to Chandler Hovey again but didn’t make it out of the car before turning back. On the way back, I turned down Foster Street to see what the view was like. As I got out of the car, I noticed someone sitting by the cannon and realized I had made it in time to witness the great Marblehead tradition of firing the cannon at sunset.
Every night from May through October, the yacht clubs that line Marblehead harbor fire their cannons at sunset. I tried to find the origin of this tradition and was directed by a number of yacht club historians to customs of the Royal Navy. I found this information at one such site