US Navy recovers cannon to identify shipwreck

2017-06-04 12:33

The cannon is prepared for transportation to the Washington Navy Yard. (US Navy via AP)

The cannon is prepared for transportation to the Washington Navy Yard. (US Navy via AP)

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Providence - A cannon that rested in waters off Rhode Island's shore for two centuries has been raised. Now US Navy archaeologists are hoping to confirm that the ship that sank at the site was a schooner commanded by a War of 1812 hero.

The USS Revenge became ensnared in a reef off Watch Hill in Westerly in 1811. Oliver Hazard Perry ordered his men to jettison guns, masts and the anchor, but lightening the vessel didn't free it. It sank.

The treacherous reefs, rocks and poor visibility kept the cannon and other artifacts hidden until 2005.

That year, recreational divers from Connecticut found what's believed to be the naval schooner's wreck site. Navy divers recovered the cannon on May 24.

It's the first artifact the Navy has raised from the site.

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