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Newly Refurbished Cannon from HMS Anson, RNAS Culdrose, 1977

NumberHESFM:2016.13640
PlaceRNAS Culdrose Cornwall United Kingdom
Date2.3.1977
KeywordsShipwrecks Armed Forces Royal Navy RNAS Culdrose
PhotographerRNAS Culdrose
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Two naval personnel from RNAS Culdrose shaking hands over a cannon from HMS Anson on 2nd March 1977. 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. This cannon was recovered from the seabed by Navy divers in 1964 and was presented to the town, together with a replica gun carriage, and placed outside Helston Museum. The cannon was removed for refurbishment by aircraft articifer Robbie Robson of St Buryan and mechanical engineering apprentice Tom Dixon from The Lizard (pictured in the photograph). A crane from RNAS Culdrose lowered the town's familiar landmark back into place on 3rd March 1977. The photograph was used for an article in the Helston Packet Newspaper on 4th March 1977.