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The cannon emerge
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff removed a pair of historic cannon from the beach near Arch Cape on February 19, 2008. The cannon were discovered by beach visitors, and had been revealed by extreme low tides and the natural loss of beach sand due to winter storms.
 
Where did they come from?
It is possible the cannon are remnants from the USS Shark, U.S. Navy survey ship wrecked in 1846 off the Columbia River Bar, but the cannons’ origins have not been determined; a thorough review by qualified historians may take weeks or months. For updates, see our Right Now page.
 
What happens next?
The cannon are both at a marine archaeology lab at Texas A&M University where they will remove the corrosion and outer shell of rock and sand. Check out the Right Now page for updates.
 
For more reading
Department of State Lands
The Oregonian
Oregon Historical Society
Columbia Maritime Museum
Cannon Beach Historical Society

Beneath the corrosion and concrete-like cocoon of sand and iron might be an early 19th-century carronade cannon. Slide your mouse over the photo to see what could be under it all ...