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18th century cannons recovered off Florida coast

Two cannons which date back to the late 1700s have been recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of northeastern Florida.

Amid cheers from a flotilla of onlookers Tuesday, an estimated 1,880-pound cannon and a 1,200-pound cannon were hauled to the rippled surface by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum’s archaeological arm. The sunken ship was first targeted two years ago.

“This is probably the most exciting shipwreck found in this area for sure, a Colonial-period wreck, and it has what appears to be a wealth of material,” said program director Chuck Meide. ” … This is the biggest feat of engineering that LAMP has ever done.”

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Story: Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville.com

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