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RNAS Culdrose Lifting Cannon from the Wreck of HMS Anson, Loe Bar, 1960s

NumberHESFM:1997.6870.5
PlaceLoe Bar Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1961 — 1964
KeywordsShipwrecks Loe Bar Armed Forces Royal Navy
PhotographerUnknown
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

The lifting of a gun from the wreck of HMS Anson by a crew from RNAS Culdrose in the 1960s. The frigate HMS Anson was wrecked on Loe Bar on 29th December 1807. Although the vessel, captained by Captain Lydiard, 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. Salvage operations on HMS Anson were carried out in 1902, 1958, 1961 and 1964.