Project confirms Fort William Henry’s old guns came from Florida wreck

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A research project has determined nine historic cannons displayed for the past 60 years at a recreated French and Indian War fort in upstate New York were originally aboard a British warship that sank in the Florida Keys in the 18th century.

Underwater archaeologist Joseph Zarzynski says a study of the artillery pieces at Fort William Henry found that some, if not all, of the nine iron cannons likely came from HMS Looe (loo), a British warship that hit a reef and sank in 1744.

Zarzynski says it was known when the replica fort opened in 1954 that some of its cannons came from a Florida shipwreck, but the exact source wasn’t pinpointed until his research team determined they came from a 44-gun frigate built in England in 1741.

A 20-minute documentary on the cannons was recently released.

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