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  1. #1
    us
    Sep 2011
    Rock Hill, SC
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    Metal Detecting

    Ok, Crazy question. What I was told may not be true, but....You never know.

    Anyone have any idea what the price range is for a Civil War Cannon? Say it's been submerged in a the river since the war. Estimates,
    say from a small cannon to large?

    I won't really know until I can get out there in a boat to see if this thing really what I was told it was. Supposedly lost in a ferry sinking. I am actually hoping it is true because if it is, I am sure it's not the only thing that got lost if a ferry went down.

    Thanks to anyone who replies.
    A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." -Douglas Adams

    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

  2. #2

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Banner Finds (3)
    Believe it or not, cannons don't have much value (relatively speaking for the hardship it takes to retrieve one, given their weight, etc....). I know because I know where one is buried in CA, and have thought of retreiving it (this one dates to the late 1700s/early 1800s). So my friend and I did research on the buy/sell market of cannons, and found that they fetch sometimes minimal amounts (or don't sell at all, etc....). Apparently this is because there are simply so many, from so much history around the world, and so many that have been recovered, that ......... the collector/buyer niche has long since been satisfied. I mean, what the heck ...... all you can do is put one in your yard for show, eh?

    And think of it: if there really WERE much of a value in cannons, there's a bunch that are used in park displays around the entire USA (from various past skirmishes, even back to the CW) simply propped up in monuments at parks. If there were any value, then by now someone would have backed up their truck in the middle of the night and simply helped themselves (which can practically take a fork-lift, for some of the bigger ones! )

    An exception might be if yours is from a provenance -specific highly collectible battle or something? Or a rare kind that's un-known and highly sought after?
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  3. #3
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    Sep 2011
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    Don't let the Corps of Engineers catch you; here's some reading: Towns discover value of Civil War cannons | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2011
    Rock Hill, SC
    Garrett AT Pro
    40
    4 times
    Metal Detecting
    Well, this things been in the water since the war. It would be a beast to raise and float down the river, but I have some ideas on how to do it. To be honost, I am least interested in the cannon and more interested in what else might be there. I imagine there might be some ordnance to go with the cannon.

    The article was very interesting. I think that something like a cannon should go to the state museum here in South Carolina. If it turns out to actually be a cannon after I have a look, I may contact the State about them retrieving it and taking possesion of it. Hell, I am sure if I haul it out of the water, they would do that anyways so why not cut out the middle man?

    Thanks guys.
    A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." -Douglas Adams

    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

  5. #5

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Where did you get your resource that says a cannon is in this particular spot? I think I've heard this story before, and that you're going after an item that countless others have already fished for, beneath that same bridge.

    That's why all the treasure legends and obvious spots are the LAST place to go treasure hunting, because (doh) everyone else read the same resource ages before you, and tried the same thing. Best to find obscure references, that are not easily researchable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightibis View Post
    Well, this things been in the water since the war. It would be a beast to raise and float down the river, but I have some ideas on how to do it. To be honost, I am least interested in the cannon and more interested in what else might be there. I imagine there might be some ordnance to go with the cannon.

    The article was very interesting. I think that something like a cannon should go to the state museum here in South Carolina. If it turns out to actually be a cannon after I have a look, I may contact the State about them retrieving it and taking possesion of it. Hell, I am sure if I haul it out of the water, they would do that anyways so why not cut out the middle man?

    Thanks guys.
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  6. #6
    us
    Sep 2011
    Rock Hill, SC
    Garrett AT Pro
    40
    4 times
    Metal Detecting
    As far as I know it's not beneath a bridge, it's out in open water. I do half believe it is an urban legend though. A good boat ride never hurt anyone those, so there isn't much to lose but time.
    A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." -Douglas Adams

    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

  7. #7
    us
    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro....

    Jan 2011
    New Orleans
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer, Whites Prism
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Actually a CW era cannon can sell in the tens of thousands. There are a lot of dealers out there and they command pretty good prices even in non working condition. Just do a search for "civil war cannon for sale" or check this link : Paulson Brothers Ordnance Corporation


    I have a good location for two bronze cannon that would fetch a pretty penny if I could retrieve them but they're underwater and buried in silt. I'd say if it's there and if you can find it, and figure out a good way to retrieve it, it'd be worth your time.

    Tom, true there are a lot of them in parks, but most of those have either been plugged with concrete or had the touch hole spiked or welded. It seems that I vaguely remember hearing about someone stealing one out of a park somewhere though.... looking for link : Authorities mystified by stolen Civil War cannon *| ajc.com and : Stolen Cannons
    Last edited by NOLA_Ken; Jun 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM.
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  8. #8

    May 2012
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Come on, how cool would it be to have a Civil War cannon in your backyard. Who cares what it's worth. Pass it on to your kids. What a legacy. Dig that sucker up.

  9. #9
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    May 2012
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    Not saying sell,but worth buyers offers ,dixie gunworks may still sell them for reproduction ideas.

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2007
    East Central Florida WP
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    I say go for it. My question is about your remark about asking the state for permission. Why would you have to do that? Is it in a state park?

    Just wondering.

    Ray S
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    Wolf Pack Member

 

 

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