Navy still owns cannons found from 1846 wreck





When beachcombers found two small cannons that likely came from the 1846 wreck of the Navy schooner Shark on the north Oregon coast, the state assumed it had some priceless artifacts. And for now, it does.

But the Navy reminded Oregon that if the cannons were Navy property back then, they’re Navy property now — 162 years notwithstanding.

There is no immediate sign the Navy will come get its guns, which are fairly rare. The shipwreck itself closed out a little-known chapter of naval history.


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