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Oregon Coast Cannon Artifacts Open for Public
View March 18
|Cannon stored at Nehalem Bay State Park
(Manzanita, Oregon) - On Tuesday, March 18, staff at Nehalem
Bay State Park will be draining water from the storage vats that hold
two historic cannon found at Arch Cape in mid-February. Local residents
who would like to see the cannon up close and hear speculation about their
origins are welcome to visit the park. The public viewing will be held
in the state park maintenance yard from 11 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, March
18. Nehalem Bay State Park is off Hwy 101 three miles south of Manzanita.
Cannon information web page: www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/cannon.shtml
The cannon are soaking in vats as the first step in what
is sure to be a long conservation process, said Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department communications director Chris Havel. “Oregon Department
of State Lands are working to assemble a team of local, state and federal
representatives to decide on the next steps (which will likely involve
getting the cannon into the hands of a qualified marine archaeologist
for study and further conservation before putting them on public display),”
|Cannon found at Arch Cape in February (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside
More information will be released when Havel has it, he
The cannon artifacts are thought to be from the USS Shark,
which wrecked off the Columbia River in the 1840’s. One of its carronade
cannon were found at Arch Cape about fifty years later, in 1898. That
cannon gave Cannon Beach its name.
The two cannon found in February made major news in media
around the region, the nation and the world, along with a variety of shipwrecks
found on the central coast, ghost forests (ancient stumps 1,000- to 4,000
years old) and geological oddities called red towers – all of which
emerged because of abnormally low sand levels along the Oregon coast.
|Officials will drain the pool for the public as they have before
The cannon are covered in a thick layer of natural concrete:
the product of the metals working with the salination of the water over
time beneath the sands. Havel said it will take a lot of painstaking peeling
off of each layer. There are polished stones embedded in the concretion,
and the shape of the cannon are barely discernible through the black casing.
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“Estimates are this process could take six months
to two years,” Havel said. The process could involve various chemical
and even electrolysis processes.
Beach Ranger David Woody said the objects have been buried beneath 10
to 20 feet of sand – the amount of sand that is currently missing
from that area of beach because of massive winter storm action.
|Red towers at Hug Point
The cannon are immersed in fresh water and covered in burlap,
to keep the parts sticking out of the water wet as well. This helps preserve
them from corrosion and quick deterioration after decades of being in
an oxygen-free environment.
“They would fall apart in three months without this
method of preservation,” Woody said.
Plenty of other oddities are continually open to the public,
dependant only on the tides. Low tides in places like Hug Point, Arch
Cape (just south of Cannon Beach) and central coast spots like Thiel Creek
allow viewing of the ghost forests there. Low tides tend to be in early
morning, or around six p.m. You cannot see the Arch Cape ghost forest
at anything but low tides.
|Neskowin's ghost forest
viewable at low tides at Hug Point are a plethora of surreal, reddish
shapes called “red towers,” which only emerge at such low
sand level events.
The ghost forest at Neskowin is the most spectacular of
all the ancient stump strands, and it is the most visible. A few miles
up the road, just north of the Pacific City limits, a hidden road leads
to the beach on the north face of Cape Kiwanda, where some small stumps
can be seen, as well as the bedrock on which that area sits.
The shipwreck sticking out of a cliff near Coos Bay
is accessible via a six-mile hike, although there are sometimes individuals
offering rides to the wreck for five dollars.
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