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Lowering the Cannon from HMS Anson into Position Outside Helston Museum, 1965

NumberHESFM:1977.401
PlaceHelston Cornwall United Kingdom
Date22.11.1965
KeywordsArmed Forces Royal Navy RNAS Culdrose Shipwrecks Helston Market Place Church Street
PhotographerUnknown
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

Personnel from RNAS Culdrose lowering one of the cannons salvaged from HMS Anson into position outside Helston Museum on 22nd November 1965. The cannon, which remains in place outside the Museum, was salvaged by divers from the Naval Air Command Sub-aqua Club in 1964. 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. Salvage operations on HMS Anson were carried out in 1902, 1958 and 1964.