How did Revolutionary War-era cannons end up in the river?

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The US Army Corps of Engineers recently recovered 15 Revolutionary War-era guns from the bottom of the Savannah River, but how exactly were they discovered and why were they in the river to begin with? According to archaeologists, the corps first discovered the cannons in 2021 while dredging regular maintenance areas. “When the dredging took place and one cannon was fired and we fired two more, we realized there must be something there because it’s so rare to find a specimen like this- here, then to find several was truly remarkable,” said Andrea Farmer, Savannah District archaeologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But who is she?Police: Savannah shooting claimed boy’s life 15-year-old Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg producing musical film ‘The Color Purple’ which is coming to the Georgia coastThe Army Corps ended up bringing in a team of experts from the Commonwealth Heritage Group. they discovered 12 more guns along with other artifacts like cannonballs at a deep spot near Old Fort Jackson called Five Fathom Hole.Revolutionary, when a large French fleet suddenly appeared off Tybee Island, the British , which cont role Savannah at the time, took quick action. They are thought to have sunk several of their own ships, including the Rose, the Venus and the Savannah, in order to block the channel. This prevented the French from helping the rebels. Stephen James, director of the maritime division of the Commonwealth Heritage Group, said: “We suspect the cannons came solely or mainly from Her Majesty’s ship, the Savannah.” Archaeologists said it’s possible that the British simply didn’t have time to remove the cannon from the ships, and that’s how they ended up in the water. “Things happen fast. When you know the French are coming, they’ve done it,” James said. water baths. They will stay in these water baths for some time to wash out any salt. This will make it easier for experts to determine when and where the barrel was made. James said: “Once the salts come out, you’re good to go. WJCL, there may be other treasures lying at the bottom of the Savannah River just waiting to be discovered. “The Savannah River has a ton of secrets. There are probably thousands of shipwrecks in that river,” Farmer said. on cannons and even seeing some artifacts up close will have a chance to do so on Thursday. The Corps will hold a public presentation to discuss its findings at the Savannah Museum of History from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is free.

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently recovered 15 Revolutionary War-era guns from the bottom of the Savannah River, but how exactly were they discovered and why were they in the river to begin with?

According to archaeologists, the corps first discovered the cannons in 2021 while dredging regular maintenance areas.

“When the dredging took place and one cannon was fired and we fired two more, we realized there must be something there because it’s so rare to find a specimen like this one, so finding several was really remarkable,” Andrea said. Farmer, US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District archaeologist.

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The corps ended up bringing in a team of experts from the Commonwealth Heritage Group. Over the course of a year, they discovered 12 additional cannons along with other artifacts like cannonballs in a deep location near Old Fort Jackson called Five Fathom Hole.

Farmer said, “We believe [these artifacts] came from British warships.

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Archaeologists told WJCL during the Revolutionary War when a large French fleet suddenly appeared off Tybee Island, the British, who controlled Savannah at the time, acted quickly.

It is believed that they sank several of their own ships, including the Rose, the Venus and the Savannah, in order to block the channel. This prevented the French from helping the rebels.

Stephen James, director of the maritime division of the Commonwealth Heritage Group, said: ‘We suspect the cannons came solely or mainly from Her Majesty’s ship, the Savannah.

Archaeologists said that it is possible that the British simply did not have time to remove the cannon from the ships, and that is how they ended up in the water.

“Things happen fast. When you know the French are coming, they’ve done it,” James said.

All 15 guns now sit in water baths. They will stay in these water baths for some time to wash out any salt. This will make it easier for experts to determine when and where the barrel was made.

James said, “Once the salts are out, you’re good to go. You can take it out and check for maker’s marks.”

The Corps told WJCL that it’s possible other treasures lie at the bottom of the Savannah River just waiting to be discovered.

“The Savannah River has a ton of secrets. There are probably thousands of shipwrecks in that river,” Farmer said.

Anyone who wants to learn more about the cannons and even see some artifacts up close will have a chance to do so on Thursday. The Corps will hold a public presentation to discuss its findings at the Savannah Museum of History from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is free.

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