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HMS Anson Memorial Cross, The Wrestling Fields, Loe Bar, Porthleven, 1949

NumberHESFM:2014.12320
PlaceLoe Bar Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1949
KeywordsPorthleven Shipwrecks Loe Bar
PhotographerWills, David
Copyright© David Wills

Memorial cross erected on 30th March 1949 to honour the shipwrecked and drowned sailors from HMS Anson. The frigate 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. The memorial was erected at the expense of Councillor Frank E Strike of Porthleven.