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Pair of cannons found on Oregon Coast could be from 1846 ship
The Oregonian ^ | February 19, 2008 | Noelle Crombie

Posted on 02/19/2008 11:20:33 AM PST by Squidpup

The discovery of a pair of pre-Civil War era cannons on the Oregon Coast this week has caused a stir among archeologists, historians and coast residents who have flocked to Arch Cape to get a look.

The cannons, which residents and a state park official speculate came from the USS Shark, a survey schooner that ran aground on the Columbia Bar in 1846, washed up this week. One appeared Saturday and the other appeared Monday night as a state park official was documenting the discovery of the first one. The first cannon was spotted by a Tualatin father and daughter, Mike and Miranda Petrone.

Petrone said he and Miranda were walking along the beach and spotted stumps in the coast, but something about one of the stumps looked a little odd.

"I go, 'Gee, that's a funny looking stump.' Miranda said, 'I don't think it's wood, Dad. It's rusting.'"

So the pair did a bit of digging a soon the rough form of a cannon took shape. Petrone called the Cannon Beach Historical Society. Before long, the mayor showed up to check out Petrone's discovery.

Petrone, 40, said he's thrilled he and his daughter found the lost cannon.

"I'm ecstatic," he said. "I have been on that beach since I was a little tot. I haven't found anything bigger than a glass ball. To find this was pretty amazing. I was in awe."

Gary McDaniel, a supervisor with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Nehalem Bay management unit, said the cannons appear to be two of three cannons that were mounted on the USS Shark. The first cannon washed up in 1898 and is the namesake of Cannon Beach, about four or five miles north of Arch Cape.

The cannons that washed up this week are the same dimension as that of the original cannon. McDaniel said the cannons are heavily encrusted, still have their wood mounts and are "in pretty good shape." He said the state archeologist and other state parks officials are headed to the beach this afternoon to examine them and coordinate their removal. A park ranger remained at the site overnight to ensure the cannons were not tampered with.

"Our phones are ringing off the hook with our own people trying to coordinate the recovery," McDaniel said.

According to Wikipedia, the USS Shark, a U.S. Navy schooner, was ordered to Honoluly in the spring of 1846 for repairs before an exploratory voyage up the Columbia River. The vessel reached the Oregon Coast that July and crossed the Columbia River bar.

But the ship ran into trouble upon its return, according to Wikipedia.

The crew, according to the entry, knew the bar had shifted since the vessel's initial crossing and tried to prepare to cross again. But the vessel ran aground Sept. 10 after hitting an "uncharted shoal and was swept into the breakers by a swift tide," the entry states.

The ship was lost but the crew was saved.

David Pearson, curator at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, said the USS Shark was launched from the Washington, D.C., naval yard. He said it will take a couple of days to determine whether the cannons are from the Shark.

If they do turn out to be from the ship, "they would be very significant to the history of Oregon."

Joanne Hill, a longtime resident of Arch Cape, said this morning the discovery has set the community atwitter.

"It's thrilling," she said. "The whole neighborhood and town are abuzz. It really is quite a wonderful discovery."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: cannon; deadreckoning; nwlimited; oregonhistory; pacificgraveyard; shipwreck
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1 posted on 02/19/2008 11:20:34 AM PST by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup

Some WMD take longer to find than others.


2 posted on 02/19/2008 11:22:38 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Squidpup; blam

ARRRGH!.............


3 posted on 02/19/2008 11:23:52 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Squidpup

Way cool story!


4 posted on 02/19/2008 11:24:23 AM PST by r9etb
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To: ClearCase_guy

yeah ... ‘specially when they’re buried in sand.


5 posted on 02/19/2008 11:24:25 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Squidpup

Cannon Beach is one of my favorite places on the west coast.


6 posted on 02/19/2008 11:24:35 AM PST by Clemenza (Ronald Reagan was a "Free Traitor", Like Me ;-))
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To: Squidpup
Thats a cannon? What ever it is, it is encrusted with some weird S--t.


7 posted on 02/19/2008 11:25:05 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Squidpup

Rounding Cape Horn in a schooner must have been a frightening experience.


8 posted on 02/19/2008 11:27:05 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: ClearCase_guy
The WMD in this instance, were W's of Modest capacity for Destruction.
9 posted on 02/19/2008 11:27:24 AM PST by BlueDragon (what a sad song it has become, no?)
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To: Lockbar
Looks like a carronade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carronade

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10 posted on 02/19/2008 11:31:26 AM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: Lockbar

Adrienne Barbeau?


11 posted on 02/19/2008 11:32:07 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Clemenza

“Cannon Beach is one of my favorite places on the west coast.”

Totally agree. What a beautiful place


12 posted on 02/19/2008 11:34:10 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Puppage

As Nipsy Russell said on a game show “Match Game”. “I want to boogie with Adrienne Barbeau. She boogies fast and I boogie slow”.


13 posted on 02/19/2008 11:36:01 AM PST by LetsRok
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To: Squidpup

——If they do turn out to be from the ship, “they would be very significant to the history of Oregon.” ——

Even more exciting would be cannons from Sir Francis Drake’s ship. I forget all the details, but he is rumored to have come up that far north - but fudged his ship logs so folks wouldn’t know where he had really been. I recall someone in Oregon had said they had found a sword from Drake’s ship and had it verified, but of course someone stole it and the documents were lost.....


14 posted on 02/19/2008 11:37:51 AM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: Puppage

“Adrienne Barbeau”

The two reasons to ever watch “Swamp Thing”


15 posted on 02/19/2008 11:41:10 AM PST by sticker
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To: MNJohnnie
Ok, now I see it. It's on its mount, laying on its side. But I contend, it still looks weird!
16 posted on 02/19/2008 11:46:13 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: sticker

and “Escape from New York”


17 posted on 02/19/2008 11:46:25 AM PST by joe fonebone (Screw McPain....J. Fred Muggs for POTUS)
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To: Lockbar
No arguement there. Weird little cannon to start with and not improved by it time under sea water.
18 posted on 02/19/2008 11:56:21 AM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: Squidpup

No, atwitter and abuzz, according to the last couple of lines. Arrr...


19 posted on 02/19/2008 12:01:53 PM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: Puppage
"...Adrienne Barbeau?..."

???


20 posted on 02/19/2008 12:11:28 PM PST by Chinito (6990th Security Group, RC-135/Combat Apple, RVN Class of '68)
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To: Squidpup

I spent my youth looking at canons on that beach. No rust though.;>)


21 posted on 02/19/2008 12:21:49 PM PST by Gator113 (America just traded away the possibility of a dream, for what is certain to be a nightmare.)
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To: Gator113

canons or cannons....oh well.


22 posted on 02/19/2008 12:23:59 PM PST by Gator113 (America just traded away the possibility of a dream, for what is certain to be a nightmare.)
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To: sticker
Pair Of cannons Found...

Now I get it. Sorry, kinda slow today! For some reason, the guns on the Yamato come to mind...


23 posted on 02/19/2008 12:36:44 PM PST by Chinito (6990th Security Group, RC-135/Combat Apple, RVN Class of '68)
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To: Chinito

She’s 63 now. They’re probably useful as knee pads.


24 posted on 02/19/2008 12:43:22 PM PST by CholeraJoe ("Boogity, boogity, boogity! Let's go racing, boys!")
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To: Squidpup
Di anyone tell Mike and Miranda Petrone... that there is a five-day waiting period for finding cannons in the Peoples Republic of Oregon?
25 posted on 02/19/2008 12:48:44 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Squidpup; Red Badger
" I haven't found anything bigger than a glass ball."

I remember those, glass balls. The Japanese use/used them on their fishing nets and they're all over the Pacific.

26 posted on 02/19/2008 12:49:26 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: sticker
Re: “Adrienne Barbeau” The two reasons to ever watch “Swamp Thing”

Gadzooks, with my luck... the Peoples Republic of Oregon will have a five-day waiting period on those, too!

27 posted on 02/19/2008 12:50:56 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: blam

Yes, I have wanted to find some, but all we find on the Gulf Coast are packages of cocaine.......


28 posted on 02/19/2008 12:51:00 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Lockbar

It’s laying on its side. Tilt your head and you can see it.........


29 posted on 02/19/2008 12:51:44 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Squidpup

cannon bump


30 posted on 02/19/2008 12:56:46 PM PST by dba.adabas
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To: Chinito

Goodness, goodness can I have a double barrel Ronstadt shot in the face of them cannons??


31 posted on 02/19/2008 1:05:51 PM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Squidpup

Cannons wash up on a beach? What are they made of, balsa wood?


32 posted on 02/19/2008 1:10:59 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: All

This is awesome...just like in the shipwreck chart at nwlimited.wordpress.com


33 posted on 02/19/2008 5:49:21 PM PST by nootka (shipwreck, chart, shipwreck chart, history, historic, oregon history)
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To: Squidpup

Updated news article:
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1203479714121960.xml&coll=7&thispage=1


34 posted on 02/20/2008 11:05:00 AM PST by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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