A 150-year-old Civil War ship and its contents is on its way to Texas City after being excavated from the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel and restored in a five-year project.
The USS Westfield, which sank in the Battle of Galveston in 1863, was brought to the surface in 2009 in what was the largest maritime archaeological rescue project ever undertaken in Texas.
Once up, archaeological conservators discovered hundreds of artifacts including belt buckles from the crew, boiler and engine parts as well as live ammunition.
The star of the find is a 12-foot-long cannon, which could have fired projectiles over a mile and a half. Read more.
More cannon have been found on an Elizabethan wreck that sank off Alderney in the 16th Century.
The Alderney Maritime Trust and staff from Bournemouth University dived the site in October, the first time work had been carried out since 2008.
During the dive three cannon and “substantial ship timbers” were found and photographed.
Mike Harrison, coordinator trustee, said more work on the site was going to go ahead next summer.
He said: “Things move very slowly with marine archaeology, the work we’ve done in the last few years… has been conserving objects.”
The unnamed ship sunk in November 1592 and was discovered by local fishermen Bertie Costeril and Fred Shaw in 1977. Read more.
Archaeologists exploring lost wrecks in British seas have discovered a collection of forgotten cannon off the Northumberland coast.
A team of divers are exploring 88 wrecks lost before 1840 in a bid to find the most important historic sites.
Now 19 cannon, some of which were undiscovered, have been found at the Gun Rocks wreck in the Farne Islands.
Archaeologist Graham Scott said they are now investigating the guns’ origins which are thought to be from the 1700s.
The cannon were discovered with help from a group who originally searched the site in the 1960s and 70s, along with English Heritage and Wessex Archaeology. Read more.
Marine archaeologists working on a wreck off the coast of Sicily have discovered five large cannon from a British ship, believed to have sunk in a major battle with Spanish galleons.
The team searching waters near the city of Syracuse said the “exceptional” find dates back to the Battle of Cape Passaro in the early 1700s.
Pictures taken by divers show the cannon were barely covered by sand.
The discovery has helped pinpoint the exact location of the famous battle.
The cannon have now been brought to the surface - after 300 years in the deep sea - and cleaned.
According to the archaeologists, they are in such fine condition that - in some places - the barrels still gleam in the light. Read more.
RALEIGH, N.C. - A piece of pirate history that’s been resting on the ocean floor for nearly than 300 years was brought to the surface Wednesday morning and is on its way to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
Underwater archaeologists brought the eight-foot cannon from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The cannon will be on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort Wednesday afternoon.
The cannon has been resting at the bottom of the Beaufort Inlet since Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The ship wrecked off North Carolina’s coast in 1718.
To date, 12 other cannons have been recovered from the site. Read more.
DETROIT — A centuries-old cannon found by a Detroit police dive team has been pulled out of the water.
Divers retrieved the artifact Wednesday, and the Detroit Free Press reports it’s headed to a new home.
Detroit Historical Society curator Joel Stone says it’ll go into a cannon bath at the Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit to help preserve the metal from rust.
The cannon is eventually expected to be displayed at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit or the Detroit Historical Museum.
Police divers found it during a training exercise in July.
The cannon was located 20 feet underwater behind Cobo Center. The Detroit News says the cannon spent more than 200 years below the surface.
How it got in the water remains a mystery. (source)
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.— Archaeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse raised a cannon from a shipwreck off the coast today. They hope the cannon will give them some clue to help identify the wreckage. Read more.
MOSS POINT, Miss. — An expert in the field of underwater archaeology brought his state-of-the-art technology to the Escatawpa River recently to look for a “small” piece of artillery thought to be a mid-19th century cannon.
A grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area and private donations made possible an extensive magnetometer survey directed by Michael K. Faught, a senior maritime archaeologist with Panamerican Consultants Inc. of Memphis, Tenn.
Newspaper accounts and oral history indicate Moss Point’s town cannon was dumped in the river near and slightly north of the present-day downtown river walk and piers.
Dr. Chris Wiggins of Pascagoula is leading an effort to locate, raise and restore the cannon. A Jackson County orthopedic surgeon, he is president-elect of the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society.
"Tradition held that the cannon had been left over from the Civil War," Wiggins said. "Through the later part of the 19th century, it was fired at special town celebrations. However, after a premature detonation injured two teenagers in April 1864, it was thrown into the Escatawpa River where it has remained, all but forgotten." Read more.