Carronades from USS Shark to be displayed

in Manzanita tomorrow, April 29, 2008 at Nehalem Bay State Park.
The small cannons are normally kept submerged in water and secured until restoration, but the Oregon Parks Dept. is draining the water and inviting visitors to come and view them from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
Here are a few photos from NW Limited’s trip to see them at the last public viewing in March:

The surface feels much like concrete encasing the carronade due to pressure and reaction of the elements surrounding the carronades for 162 years.
They were buried in approximately 20′ of sand prior to the Winter of 2007-2008 storms’ erosion.

You can see the mounting apparatus on the bottom of the cannon in this picture on the right.

The pieces in the bottom of the tub are a chain and possibly other bits of the USS Shark Navy schooner, which was wrecked on the Columbia River Bar.
The carronades even have their own blog: Cannon Blog
The USS Shark is one of the hundreds of Oregon and Washington, Columbia River shipwrecks featured on our Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart.
Three versions of the chart are currently available (click the following link to see more):

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. This blog is pretty interesting, will add a bookmark, thanks.

  2. […] year at this time, the biggest storm in recent memory unveiled the long-lost carronades believed to belong to the wreck of the USS Shark.  Known shipwrecks became more visible as well as […]

  3. I first saw this on PBS (History Detectives). A young girl, age 16, was walking on the beach with her dad when she discoved the cannon. The show, History Detective is a wonderful show and I reccomend it to everyone.


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