The Detroit Police Department's dive team often discovers unusual items in the water -- cars, guns and even a statue stolen from the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
Today, divers plan to recover another obscure find: a cannon measuring more than 6 feet long, expected to weigh 1,200 pounds and believed to be more than 200 years old.
It was found covered in zebra mussels in the Detroit River during training in July and will be the fifth cannon recovered from the area near Cobo Center in the last three decades.
Sgt. Dean Rademaker took part in the dive when the last one was found in 1994 and always heard there was another, somewhere.
"We've dove that area hundreds of times and never came across it," he said.
Then while training in the water during the summer, Rademaker spotted a silhouette on top of the sand. "It was something that wasn't supposed to be there," he said.
He swam over to it, felt
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