Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Ramsgate East Pier cannons







In 1980 sand erosion on the beach outside of wall of the East Pier Ramsgate led to the discovery of three cannons amongst the wreckage of what is believed to be a Customs Cutter engaged in anti smuggling activity. The excavation is well documented and the maritime historian Bill Lapthorne detailed the discovery in many publications, the discovery is also mentioned in older Ramsgate Maritime Museum publications. I have mentioned the cannons before, but as the cannons are in a private collection on the garden terrace at Bleak House Broadstairs I feel that people should be made aware where they are as Bleak House is up for sale. The eventual new owner may not want them it is hard to say, so just in case he doesn't the more people who are aware what they are and were they are and what they look like is one positive step in safeguarding asmall piece of our maritime heritage .
Above are two 9 pound cannons of the Carronade design which were used with great effect at close quarters at the Battle of Trafalgar. The cannon pictured below is the more familiar 9 pound long cannon.

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