City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson on Thursday told barge owners and operators who don't moor their vessels that the city will sink all untethered vessles.We had some fun with that at the time.
"We can't afford to have barges breaking loose, breaking levees," she said.
What we didn't know then, though, was that had Jackie decided to take command of the Washington Square Artillery and fire on any incoming vessels there was actual ordinance available to her.
The cannon was given to the state museum system in 1908. It's been sitting in front of the Cabildo, pointing towards Jackson Square for more than a century. Recently the maintenance department decided to look inside, guess what they found? They couldn't believe it, there was a cannon ball at least 150 years old, down the muzzle.Too bad Jackie's naval career ended a few years later when she failed to become a ferry pilot or something like that.
I do miss her, though. No doubt she'd know exactly what to do about the homeless encampment under the overpass. I wonder if she will submit an entry to the "design intervention" contest.