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Yes there use to be a cannon outside the public library. This fine photograph was taken and supplied by John Gendall. What ever happened to the cannon?
This pic shows the detail better than the one in my gallery. This is a Good one.
Hands Up, I think I called mine - some discussion there on the cannon.
Good to see such a clear picture. I found one which I ve put in my album but nothing like as good as this.
From the photographs it would not be beyond the realms of sense to be able to re-create that cannon; I also assume that records were made when it was first drawn up from the sea-bed; the handles were dolphins, I think.
I believe it was stolen. Unfortunately the gun was not fixed and it dissapeared one dark night on 14th April 2003. There is a website dedicated to stolen cannons from around the world which will give you more details. Mind you it was only worth £20,000 so I expect little has been done to retrieve it.
I would very much doubt that there was any form of Nautical Archeaology in 1911. As the gun was raised by the Western Salvage Company, I think it was a case of a quick Yo ho and up she rises . A few years ago there was an analysis made of the metal used in the cannon, the small sample taken from near the cascabel showed some very interesting facts. I cannot divulge them as I was not the one to do the work but if anyone is interested I can pass on the persons name.
My Brothers and I used to see who could lift the rear end of this cannon for a bit of fun when we were on our way to the swimming pool. Two of us were able to do it with a lot of effort.

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