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There were six 32-pounder cannon on the ship, four of which had been cast specifically for the CSS Alabama by Fawcett, Preston & Company in Liverpool. One of these was selected for recovery. Click here to view slide show (requires JavaScript)

Raising a Cannon

Once the gun had been identified, French Navy divers secured it with nylon straps. Air bags were used to make a succession of lifts that brought the gun from the bottom to approximately sixty feet. From that depth, a winch on the research vessel Vulcain was used to raise the cannon to the surface. It was then shipped to Charleston, South Carolina in order to undergo conservation treatment.