Cannon found

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Archaeologists say that they have discovered a collection of cannon off the UK’s Northumberland coast.

The nineteen cannon, some of which were undiscovered, were found at the Gun Rocks wreck in the Farne Islands.

They were discovered by a team of divers who originally searched the site in the 1960s and 70s along with English Heritage and Wessex Archaeology.

Initial investigations suggest that they may eight and six pounders from a cargo vessel which sank off the Farne Islands in 1704.

The Gun Rocks wreck was originally discovered back in the 1960s, along with three cannon and several cannon balls. One of the guns has been associated with Bamburgh Castle because according to records, it was fired when a wreck was spotted nearby.

The Farne Islands are one of the most dangerous shipping areas in the British Isles and have claimed many victims over the years.

The discovery was made as part of a project being carried out by English Heritage on the 40th anniversary of the Protection of Wrecks Act. Divers are exploring 88 wrecks lost before 1840 to identify the most important sites.

Other sites under investigation include Sir Walter Raleigh’s vessel, The Flying Joan, which is thought to have sunk off the Scilly Isles in 1617.