Swedish Police Confiscate Cannon From Barge

Thursday, March 08, 2001
Swedish police have confiscated a 16th century bronze cannon from a barge owner who used the two-ton weapon as ballast in his vessel. The four yards long cannon was on a barge moored at a small island near Stockholm. Police hired an icebreaking vessel to reach it on Tuesday because the water was frozen solid by sub-zero temperatures, spokesman Johan Lindborg said on Wednesday. The barge’s 50-year-old owner, a professional diver and boat yard owner, is being investigated for breaking a Swedish law which says that all antiques found in the sea or ground have to be handed over to the state in return for compensation. If found guilty, he could face up to four years in jail, Lindborg said. — (Reuters)

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