A bronze model cannon barrel
A bronze model cannon barrel made from material salvaged from the wreck of the Royal George. The barrel has turned reinforcing rings, a raised vent, turned cascabel, swollen muzzle and integral trunnions. The breech is faintly engraved "Relic of the ROYAL GEORGE sank 1782 Raised 1840" (the inscription made faint by assiduous polishing). Mounted on its naval stepped truck of oak with copper fittings and two iron distancing rods. The truck is worn and shows evidence of repair.
Barrel length 12½" (32cms)
The Royal George was a 1st rate man-of-war armed with 100 guns, built in 1756 and enjoyed an illustrious career. It sank in 1782 due to incompetence and was the subject of several attempts at salvage including that by Charles Deane the pioneering diver who raised the guns in 1834. A considerable local industry built up making souvenirs from her timbers and metals; this model is unusually large.