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Shipwreck artifacts recovered near Homer

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

HOMER - Dive teams recovered 140-year-old artifacts from the USS Torrent that were put on display Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

The shipwreck is in Coal Bay near Homer.

Salvage crews recovered a brass mountain howitzer canon, a fragmented canon ball, several portholes and other small items.

They have been cataloged and transported to the Pratt Museum in Homer.

The Torrent was transporting U.S. troops through Cook Inlet in 1868, shortly after Alaska was purchased from Russia when it struck a rock in the vicinity of Port Graham.

Everyone aboard the Torrent reached shore safely. They were rescued by a passing ship several months later.

The Torrent was rediscovered last summer by a private dive team based in Anchorage.



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