Search for War of 1812 cutter in Charleston Harbor

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Archaeologists and divers are looking for the remnants of a revenue cutter that sank in Charleston Harbor during the War of 1812.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported (http://bit.ly/10uiI0Z) that officials want to determine if there is enough of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Gallatin to salvage.

On April 1, 1813, an explosion of the ship's powder magazine sank the cutter, killing three crew members and injuring five others.

Jim Spirek with the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology says artifacts that represent South Carolina's coastal defenses might provide a view of the War of 1812.

But Spirek says there may not be a lot to find after 200 years in the water.

The 100-foot long Gallatin had eight cannon and a crew of 65.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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