One of the Gold Rush Era Shipwreck Frolic cannon’s may be back in Mendocino for the 2008 Mendocino and Fort Bragg Whale Festivals.
John W. Foster, Manager, Archaeology and History, Archaeology, History & Museums Division, California State Parks, reports: “the cannon is out of electrolytic treatment. Don Keith recently provided the new processed chemical coating treatment which is the final step before controlled humidity display. This is the same final treatment used on the conservation treatment for 1554 Padre Island shipwreck materials. So, it needs to be coated and then put into a controlled environment so the sealant is protected, which keeps moisture out of the artifact. Charlie hopes to bring or ship with the March 15 event at Ft. Ross. He also has the Frolic ceramics in acid free boxes ready for delivery.” For the past few years the cannon has been in the midwest going through preservation process. When it returns it will be on display inside the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.