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"Two Cannon Wreck" report now available

A comprehensive report concerning the fieldwork and findings for the first excavation undertaken by SCIAA of the "Two Cannon Wreck" is now available

We're pleased to announce a comprehensive report concerning the fieldwork and findings for the first excavation undertaken by SCIAA of the "Two Cannon Wreck" (Little Landing 1) is now available for download on the Little Landing Shipwrecks page.

Discovered by sport divers, the wreck was located in the Cooper River in the vicinity of Lewisfield Plantation. Between 1985 and 1988, the sport divers recovered two cannon and a swivel gun located near the exposed stern of the wreck. After they reported these finds to SCIAA, MRD staff excavated the wreck in 1986, 1988 and 1989. Artifacts from that excavation, along with the three guns, identified the wreck as a Revolutionary War period British vessel. 

This final wrap-up of the report is thanks to the encouragement of Drew Ruddy, a long-time Hobby License diver and Berkeley County Museum associate, and the generous volunteerism of the 1986 field director, Carl Steen. The report provides essential historical and archaeological data on this important submerged cultural resource from the Revolutionary War.  In addition to discussing the archaeological findings, the report contains a robust historical context of the state of South Carolina at the time of the American Revolution and includes a detailed narrative of the Raid of the Dogs Days in the Lowcountry. 

To download a copy of the report, visit the Little Landing Shipwrecks page.