283 Year Old Shipwreck Cannon Found

IMG_1422There’s literally 50 or more cannons unmarked on US-1 over the 128 mile trip down the Florida Keys. There’s one in particular that’s at least 283 years old and historically marked on where it came from and how old it is.

Seen here is the original cannon on a replica base complete with bronze plaque on its left stating the historical data which reads: “Salvaged in 1970 from the shipwreck site of the San Jose’ de las Animas July 15, 1733 southeast of Tavernier”.

Now on to where you can find this recovered cannon on display, it’s located at Mile Marker 28.3 oceanside near the entrance to the Little Palm Island Ferry. On US-1 turn onto Pirates Road where you’ll see a subdivision sign called Jolly Roger Estates with the cannon directly behind it on the right.

While there, take 2 more minutes and go down to the roads end after the curve and look out into the Atlantic Ocean where you’ll see a real Dragon Boat if they’re not out practicing or off competing somewhere.

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