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June 2010 - a 3D model of the cannon before conservation begins:
The two cannon are at the Conservation Research Lab at Texas A&M University. Over the next several years, they will careful remove the thick, solid shell of rock and sand that built up around the cannon while they were buried on the beach. BEfore they started work, they scanned the rock-covered cannon with a laser, and we turned the data into a 3D animation. Enjoy!

April 2009 - Cannon conservation begins
Texas A&M's Conservation Research Lab will spend the next several years removing salt and concretions from the cannon. Then they'll come home to Oregon to be put on public display.

March 2008 - School day!
Nehalem Bay State Park staff share the story of the cannon with local schoolkids. The elementary students had fun exploring 19th century naval warfare history, learned how concretions form around things buried on the beach, re-enacted the wreck of the USS Shark, and saw the cannon up close.

March 2008 - First public viewing and the story of the USS Shark:  
Nehalem Bay State Park interpreter Shelley Parker shares the story of the USS Shark. The 1846 shipwreck is the cannons' most likely origin, but no one knows for sure ... yet.

Feburary 2008 - At the beach with The Oregonian:
The Oregonian newspaper was on hand when we removed the cannon from the beach. Here's their coverage, plus an interview with Miranda Petrone, the teenager who discovered the first cannon.

February 2008 - Off the beach and delivered to a state park for safekeeping:
Park crews carefully lower the cannon into stock tanks. The cannon will be filled with water and covered with wet burlap to prevent further exposure to the air and corrosion. Over the course of several weeks, the water will be refreshed several times, drawing more and more corrosive salt from the artifacts.

February 2008 - A closer look in the tanks:
No one knows for sure where the cannon are from, but it's possible they are from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark, a survey ship that struck Clatsop Spit while leaving the Columbia River. If true, these have been buried in the sand for more than 150 years. They have corroded, and built up a shell of sand, rock, metal and other debris. The shape of the cannon can be hard to make out, but the broad, flat part is probably the wooden base that sat on the ship's deck. The barrel is several feet long and extends beyond the base.