Revolutionary War relics found in Delaware River

Published on December 2nd, 2009 | by Admin


Relics from the Revolutionary War have been dredged up from the bottom of the Delaware River.

Less than 24 hours after the crew finished shipping-channel maintenance near Fort Mifflin in South Philadelphia, Van Florcke glanced up at the dredge’s nine-foot-wide drag head and spotted something lodged in its grate.

“I was talking to my wife on a cell phone and told her, ‘I think that’s a cannonball,’ ” said Van Florcke, of Long Island, N.Y.

He climbed up to retrieve a 24-pound ball and found two other treasures six feet away on the other side of the drag head.

One was the rare tapered iron tip of a cheval-de-frise, the business end of a log once embedded in the river, along with many others, to gore the hulls of British warships that menaced Philadelphia in the mid-1770s. It had been silently resting a few hundred yards from the fort.

Next to it was a huge iron staple that had held together the chevaux-de-frise

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