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One cannon being readied for conservation at Texas A&M University.A team of Texas A&M students work swarm over the cannon to carefully remove the rocky concretion.
A pair of Texas A&M marine archaeology students set the cannon on its side to remove the rocky concretion. The wooden base of the cannon was eventually fully exposed after carefully removing the rocky concretion. Shown upside down here, the t-shaped object projecting from the base fit into a slot to help sailors control the cannon's recoil during firing. 
A Texas A&M student at the conservation research lab uses a small air-powered tool to carefully remove the rock and sand shell coating the cannon. The cannon's wood and metal parts must first be exposed, then separated so they can be treated to resist corrosion. 
With the rocky concretion nearly gone, the cannon must be kept wet to prevent more corrosion. The cannon with the rocky concretion removed. It is never allowed to rest on the fragile wooden base (probably oak).
A close-up detail of the cannon's rear end. A large screw fit into this hole, allowing the sailors to point the cannon up or down to aim during firing. Exciting: a mark on the cannon's surface that looks like a broad arrow, indicating the cannon probably came to the US from the British Royal Navy. The young US Navy bought many such arms from overseas in the early 19th century.
Cannon in Texas 
Cannon in Texas 
Marine artifact conservation specialist Jim Jobling at Texas A&M University looks over the Arch Cape Cannon as they arrive at his lab.Graduates students at Texas A&M University's Conservation Research Lab prepare to unload the Arch Cape Cannon and begin conservation.
Nehalem Bay Interpreter Shelley Parker connects students with the historic cannonX-ray showing cannon elevation screw
Nehalem Bay Interpreter Shelley Parker connects students with the historic cannon. X-ray showing cannon elevation screw
 School kids look at the cannon Interpreters share the cannon with local students
Local schoolkids reach out and learn about the cannon State park interpreters share the cannon with local students. 
 Cannon will be immersed in water Replica cannon from USS Shark
The cannon will be immersed in water to prevent more corrosion and draw out salt A replica of a cannon from the USS Shark, shipwrecked in 1846 and possibly the source of these two cannon. On display at the Cannon Beach Historical Society. 
 Cannon are loaded on a truck  Transferring the cannon to stock tanks
Both cannon are loaded on a truck and taken to Nehalem Bay State Park
Park staff transfer the cannon to stock tanks at the park 
 Using heavy equipment to remove the cannon A hoist lifts the cannon
More sand moved with heavy equipment, just to the side of the artifacts
A hoist gently lifts the cannon free 
Cannon on the beach Using hand tools to remove the cannon 
Cannon as it was found on the beach at Arch Cape. A second cannon was found further toward the ocean.
Park crews work carefully with hand tools to clear sand from around artifacts