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Revolutionary War Cannons Found in Savannah

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    Could very well be the Rose's guns, if they're the right age.
    "SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A recent discovery in the Savannah River has stirred up a lot of questions and speculation.
    Although the Army Corps of Engineers may have stumbled across the Pre-Civil War artifacts accidentally, their search for answers has come with clear intent.
    “This was an exciting find while we were doing regular maintenance dredging to ensure the Savannah River stays navigable for some of the large ships coming in,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Archaeologist Andrea Farmer.
    While clearing the way for ships of the future, they discovered pieces from a ship or ships of the past.
    “This was very unexpected to recover these materials,” said Farmer.
    Three cannons, an anchor and a piece of wood, likely ship timber, were luckily uncovered due to precautions they had taken because of the area they were dredging.
    “The find was in the area where the CSS Georgia was recovered,” said Farmer.
    Although it was close, Farmer is quick to dampen any possible connection.
    “But what we found when looking at the coordinates is that it was outside the area where we anticipated anything from the CSS Georgia,” she said.
    Another difference, is the age. Through measurements they’re able to place these cannons somewhere around the 1700s, or Pre-Civil War, putting it in a different time-frame than the CSS Georgia, leading them to widen their scope of investigation to get answers.
    “We have already notified a foreign military,” Farmer said.
    The British to be exact, as they ruled in this area during that time period. A representative from the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., did reach out to WTOC to provide the following statements:
    Jenny Wraight, Admiralty Librarian:

    “The source of these artefacts has yet to be definitively identified, but it is likely to date back to the American War of Independence when the British occupied Savannah. In 1779, HMS ROSE, a 20-gun 6th rate of the Royal Navy’s Seaford Class, was scuttled, with no loss of life, in the river to block the channel. After the war, the wreck had to be cleared to restore safe navigation.”
    HMS Rosewww.wrdw.com/2021/03/09/savannah-river-artifacts-may-be-connected-to-1700s-british-ship/
     

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