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Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by English Heritage (now Historic England) to undertake an Undesignated Site Assessment of the wreck site located at Gun Rock, Outer Farne Islands. WA worked with local BSAC branch (Tyneside 114), and to conduct a photographic, acoustic and measured survey of the site. Diving was conducted between 28 August to 5 September 2013. The results of the survey have been written up as Gun Rock Wreck, Farne Islands Undesignated Site Assessment Ref: 83803.12 November 2013.
This cast iron cannon (WA Ref 6011) of 2.5 m lies in an area of cobbled rocks on its back. Both trunnions and the cascabel are partially intact but much worn. Faint rings are visible at the breech. The muzzle is quite broken, with over half the barrel missing for a small portion and pushing up against a large rock. This cannon has been interpreted as a 6 pounder.