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Offline bromptonboy

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Re: Cannon found in the Medway - 1859
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 14:39:07 »
From the Whitstable Times 4 Dec 1875 - 'An interesting discovery has been made at Chatham, in carrying out some excavations at St Mary's Island connected with the dock extension works. A large vessel was unearthed some feet below the surface, and careful exploration leaves no room to doubt that she has been buried over two hundred years, and was one of those sunk to impede the passage of the Dutch fleet on its coming up the Medway to destroy the dockyard. Amongst the articles found in the vessel are seven guns, large quantities of shot of various descriptions, tobacco pipes and a coin bearing the date 1653.'

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Re: Cannon found in the Medway - 1859
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 19:20:11 »
There's one on the Water Bastion at Upnor Castle, found in St. Mary's Creek, in 1876.

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Re: Cannon found in the Medway - 1859
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 12:18:51 »
I think this gun, plus one or two others ended up in Upnor Castle which at that time was part of the Naval Ordnance Dept and housed a small historic collection. I believe the guns are still there.

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Re: Cannon found in the Medway - 1859
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 13:38:08 »
Very interesting. May need to do some research into this, and locate its whereabouts.
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Re: Cannon found in the Medway - 1859
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 20:39:37 »
Wonder what happened to it   ???

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Cannon found in the Medway - 1859
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009, 20:32:51 »
Wednesday, December 14, 1859

A somewhat ancient piece of ordinance has just been discovered in the River Medway near Chatham Dockyard,a short distance from Upnor Castle. The Cannon was found embedded in the mud at Gillingham Reach, by a dredger named Robinson.
With some difficulty it was raised to the surface and moved to the Gun Wharf,for the purpose of being examined.
The Cannon is made of Iron and weighs 21 cwt. 2 qrs. 6 lb.
When discovered it had 3 shots in it,believed to be 12 pounders.The discovery of such a large cannon in the situation where it was found has given rise to much speculation,an opinion being expressed,
which is somewhat favoured by its appearance and shape,that the gun formelly belonged to one of the men-of-war burnt in the Medway at Chatham in the 17th Century,when the Dutch fleet,under De Ruyter sailed up the river as far as Upnor Castle and burnt a number of English ships.
The gun has been carefully cleaned and scraped in order to ascertain the date on it,but the only marks that have yet been discovered are the Admiralty broad arrow and some figures showing its original weight.

 

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