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Cannon from HMS Anson at the Entrance to Helston Museum, about 1965

PlaceHelston Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1965. about
KeywordsHelston Shipwrecks Market Place Church Street
CopyrightImage Courtesy of Helston Museum

The entrance to Helston Museum with the cannon salvaged from HMS Anson taking pride of place, about 1965. It is one of two cannons salvaged by divers from the Naval Air Command Sub-aqua Club in 1964 and has been in position outside the museum since 22nd November 1965. The second cannon is situated at RNAS Culdrose. A third cannon, from an earlier salvage operation in 1902, is located 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.