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Imperial Spanish warship cannons found

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 01:21

Oct. 11 - Italian divers have discovered cannons they believe are from a 17th century Spanish war galleon, probably sunk by British ships off the coast of Sicily. Elly Park reports.

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These cannons have sat here at the bottom of the Mediterranean probably for three centuries. The footage released by the Italian Finance Police shows remnants of what they believe is a sunken Spanish warship. It was first discovered by an off-duty policeman in August during a snorkel trip off the coast of Avola, in southeastern Sicily. So far five cannons have been found with their wheeled trolleys intact. Here, you see how one cannon is being floated up by air balloons to be analyzed by a team of archaeologists on shore. The Finance Police say that the most likely explanation is that the cannons belonged to a Spanish galleon sunk by British warships in the late 17th century, when the two maritime powers are known to have clashed many times. Researchers believe that the area could be littered with other casualties of the same naval battle and more dives have been scheduled for further studies.

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Imperial Spanish warship cannons found

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 01:21