Cannon 6002, Gun Rock, Outer Farne Islands
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 6002) is located on a bed of large rocks and is pointing NW. The 2310 mm cannon is fairly intact and lying on its right side with the left trunnion facing up. The cascabel and muzzle are intact but a chunk has been taken out of the top face in the middle of the section from trunnion to muzzle. Reinforcing rings are visible along the length of the cannon. This cannon has been interpreted as a 6 pounder.