Vent apron

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
A cannon vent apron, lead, associated with other materials recovered from a composite concretion.
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Measurements
310 x 239
Media/Materials description
Lead
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
A lead apron would be placed over the firing hole of a cannon when it was not in use to prevent sparks setting off the charge. This vent apron was found between the gun and a large concretion excavated from the stern of the ship.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA8857.7

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