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Seven of the eight cannon aboard the CSS Alabama have been identified and three have been recovered since the wreck site was discovered.


Two of the cannon were Royal Navy style, four were 32-pound Blakely patent cannon, one was a 7-inch 100-pound Blakely rifle and the last was a 68-pound smoothbore. One of the recovered Blakely 32-pound cannon contained the percussion lock mechanism (image) encased in a concretion. Stamped lettering on the top of the gun reads: Fawcett Preston & Co., Liverpool, 1862. Fawcett Preston was known to have produced similar Blakely-style cannon for other Confederate ships and fortifications. When the 100-pound rifle is recovered the sample of all of the CSS Alabama's ordnance will be complete.