Friday, January 21, 2011

Four Cannon Balls Found in Texas Channel

From the Jan. 19, 2011, Baytown (Tx) Sun.

Four cannon balls believed to be Civil War era have been recovered during dredging of the Texas City Ship Channel and might be from the wreck of the USS Westfield, a Union gunboat sunk during the 1863 Battle of Galveston.

Back in November 2009, a cannon and five cannon balls were found near where these were located.

The FBI examined them and found them to be inert and they were then turned over to the Navy for further preservation.

The Westfield mounted six cannons: 1X100 pdr. Parrot rifle, 1X9-inch Dahlgren smoothbore and 4X8-inch Dahlgren smoothores.

Watch Where You Step in Southern Waters. --Old B-R'er

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