Napoleon’s Cannon Discovered Off Italian Coast

The Italian Navy has released underwater video of a bronze cannon, reportedly from a warship in Napoleon’s fleet that was sunk during a naval battle with the British Royal Navy in March 1795. The battle was the first victory for Admiral, then Captain Horatio Nelson. He was in command of the 64-gun HMS Agamemnon. The battle took place in the Legurian Sea. The French warships were sailing from Tolone and heading to Corsica when they were intercepted by the British fleet.

Using a mini-submarine, the Italian Navy ship Anteo and divers from the Comsubin Corps, started research and investigation activities recently on the ship. This was conducted on behalf of the Cultural Heritage Ministry. The sunken warship was found at the beginning of the year in the waters facing Finale Ligure on the northwest Italian coast. Italian authorities are currently evaluating possible future work to recover the wreck, or parts of it. Local authorities from the province of Savona have issued a restrictive order to scuba dives in the waters above and surrounding the ship.

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