PUBLISHED: 5:01 PM on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
USCG supports 140-year-old artifact recovery
HOMER - The Coast Guard Cutter Hickory supported the recovery efforts of 140-year-old historical artifacts from the USS Torrent, Monday, which were discovered near Port Graham in 2007.

These artifacts include a Mountain Howitzer, several portals, a copper toilet, and other miscellaneous items. The items will be transported to the Pratt Museum in Homer, where they will be prominently displayed as artifacts from a unique chapter in the history of Alaska's statehood.

This unique chapter of Alaskan history started shortly after Alaska was purchased from Russia and the federal government began sending U.S. troops to secure the new territory.