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17th-century cannon recovered off Rhode Island coast

A cannon has been recovered from the underwater wreckage of the USS Revenge which sank in 1811.

“To see it finally break the surface after being down there for 206 years, it was just really, really cool,” said Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Connecticut.

The cannon was taken to a conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard to be desalinated and stabilized. It’s encrusted with bits of sea life and calcium carbonate from the interaction between the iron it’s made of and salt water.

There are not many examples of early naval guns of this type, said George Schwarz, an underwater archaeologist with the Naval History and Heritage Command. The command oversees the identification and management of sunken naval vessels.

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Story: Jennifer McDermott, AP| Photo: NHHC underwater archaeologist Heather G. Brown/U.S. Navy via AP

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