Crane lifts cannon from Martello Tower

VIDEO A crane had to be called in to recover a 250-year-old cannon from the moat of a former fortress at Felixstowe today.The 18th century cannon was found in the grounds of a Napoleonic Martello Tower - Q Tower, now a private house, on South Hill - overlooking the resort's seafront.

A CRANE had to be called in to recover a 250-year-old cannon from the moat of a former fortress at Felixstowe today.

The 18th century cannon was found in the grounds of a Napoleonic Martello Tower - Q Tower, now a private house, on South Hill - overlooking the resort's seafront.

The gun was moved closer to the edge of the moat where it has been lying and this afternoon Quinto Cranes of Ipswich carried out the delicate task of lifting it clear so it can be transported to Landguard Fort.

Dave Wood, of Landguard Fort Trust, said: “The six pounder gun dates from around the middle of the 1700s and was about six foot long and weighed 33 cwt.

“Some time in its history it was re-proofed and this blew the end of the gun off!

“The trust hope to replace the missing end and trunnions and have a wooden carriage replicated.”

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It is hoped that once the work has been carried out the gun can be put on display at the fort.