American Revolutionary War Ship Weapons Discovered In Georgia River

A group of almost 20 shipboard cannons was discovered at the bottom of a Georgia river and are thought, by many archeologists, to be remnants of British ships from all the way back during the American War of Independence.

While carrying out an excavation job, a group of workers discovered the cannons that some researchers seem to believe to have been resting at the bottom of the Savannah River, in Savannah, Georgia for a staggering 240 years. Experts seem to think that the cannons managed to end up on the bottom of the river after the ships were purposely scuttled by the British just around 1779.

“The mud- and rust-encrusted guns were discovered by accident. A dredge scooping sediment from the riverbed last year as part of a $973 million deepening of Savannah’s busy shipping channel surfaced with one of the cannons clasped in its metal jaws. The crew soon dug up two more,” read a report from the Associated Press.

Many historians note that before the siege of Savannah back in 1779, it is entirely likely that the British sunk the ship with the cannons still onboard at roughly the same time as the battle, which would end up lasing from September 16 to October 18, 1779.

In the wake of strong scrutiny of the cannons, these same historians ruled out that they were from confederate ships which was the kneejerk assumption about them, and then found out that they do indeed seem to be dated back to the Revolutionary War.

“They’re in remarkably good shape,” stated Andrea Farmer, one Army Corps of Engineers archeologist. “Many were buried in clay and covered by silt and debris that kind of protected them.”

Each of the cannons has been extracted and taken to a warehouse near the river as the archeologist groups work alongside officials from Georgia, the U.S. government, and Britain to create a display, and currently, the most likely final destination for the artifacts will be the Savannah History Museum.

Logistics are being made far more difficult due to people raising the question of who actually owns the cannons, whether it be Britain or the United States, but the decision is still in a bit of contention.

“Everybody wants to keep the artifacts in Savannah,” explained Farmer. “because that makes the most sense.”

Farmer went on to note that while many researchers are quite confident that the cannons are a remnant of the war of independence, they will still need to be officially verified. Part of this verification process includes the examining of other artifacts discovered in the river, which currently include pieces of an anchor and a ship’s bell, in order to make the final determination.

Many historians state that the cannons were very likely made in France and ended up locked onto a pair of British ships, the HMS Savannah and the HMS Venus. They also issued a reason as to why the British might choose to scuttle their own ships.

In order to stop the French from getting access to the Savannah back in 1779, British soldiers sank quite a few of their own ships in order to clog up the river. “The land battle that followed was one of the bloodiest of the war. British forces killed nearly 300 colonial fighters and their allies, while wounding hundreds more,” stated a report from the Associated Press.

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