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HMS Anson Salvage Operations, Loe Bar, 1902

PlaceLoe Bar Cornwall United Kingdom
KeywordsLoe Bar Shipwrecks
PhotographerGibson, Alexander Gendell
PhotographerGibson & Sons
Copyright© Helston Museum

On board the SS Greencastle of Penzance, Captain Anderson is in his diving suit, without helmet, during salvage operations on the wreck of HMS Anson in Mounts Bay. The photograph was taken by Alexander Gendell Gibson of the Isles of Scilly and Penzance in 1902. The cannon salvaged from this operation now sits on the harbour at Porthleven. The frigate HMS Anson was wrecked on Loe Bar on 29th December 1807. Although the vessel was not far from the shore, around 100 men drowned as they tried to swim to safety. It was this tragedy and the loss of life so close to the shore that inspired Henry Trengrouse in his groundbreaking ship to shore life saving inventions and set the scene for modern coastal safety. Further salvage operations were carried out in 1958 and 1964.