A recent and exceptionally low spring tide near Mossel Bay has revealed a 250 year-old ship’s canon.
The canon was originally one of 56 aboard the French man o’ war La Fortune, which went down on the 11th of September 1763, and is only the fourth to have been recovered. It was found in the area of the Fransmanshoek Conservancy - which boasts one of the longest beaches in the Mossel Bay region.
“The canon was partially exposed for only a few hours in April, and then again earlier this month,” said Conservancy member Fred Orban, who helped with the recovery.
He said that Amanda Human of the Dias Museum Complex in Mossel Bay helped with the applications for the necessary permits, and that the canon was lifted from the intertidal zone and taken to a nearby farm where it will be cleaned and cured under the guidance of experts, before going on public display.
“The first two canons were recovered in the 1930s, and the third in 1960 - and it’s interesting to note that the 1960 canon was found by Louis van Rensburg, who’s grandson, also Louis, helped with the recovery of this latest find,” said Mr. Orban.
The other three canons can be seen in the village of Kanon.