The Indiana University HPER hosted an open house displaying a cannon that once mounted the ship of Captain Kidd.
Indiana University’s Director of the Office of Underwater Science, Charles Beeker, has in his possession a valuable piece of world history that has not been claimed in 310 years.
“1699, Captain Kidd, the only Pirate Ship ever found in the Caribbean. This cannon we certainly feel, was made in England. It was shipped from England to Surrah, India, put on a ship that was built in West India. The ship was under French flag, it was under English Captains or Armenian Ownership. International intrigue. So this cannon, you think about the history that it represents on an international event that occurred with it and here it is at Indiana University and our interest in international programs, it’s just exciting to us, a part of the faculty and students to protect and conserve for futures.”
Though the cannon will remain in the Underwater Conservation Science Lab for the time, Beeker says that he and his faculty will see that others around the world will be able to enjoy it.
“We’re going to make a replica of the cannon similar to what we did in the sight of the 1734 Florida Keys, and those replicas will be used to make a mock shipwreck under water which will be utilized to make an artificial reef, so that visitors can see the sight as a museum quality replica, but also they can visit the original but isn’t always weather permitting.”