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Collection of Cannon Found Off the Coast of England

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cannons Dutch EnglandNORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND—A collection of cannon that was first spotted in the 1970s by divers from the Tyneside 114 British Sub Aqua Club off the coast of northeastern England has been rediscovered by divers from English Heritage. The corroded cannon are thought to have been manufactured in Sweden between 1670 and 1710. Records kept at Bamburgh Castle suggest that they could have been carried by a Dutch ship that was carrying 40 weapons when it struck the Farne Islands and sank in 1704. Underwater archaeologists from English Heritage are conducting the survey to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Protection of Wrecks Act.