A cast iron cannon in a replica wooden carriage constructed of unknown timbers with metal fittings painted red and black. The cannon is embossed with the text "GR2" on a raised plaque, "11-2-15" is chiselled on the breech, "2" is to the left of the monogram, "D" is embossed on the right trunnion and "IC" on the left trunnion.
Endeavour Cannon collection
Captain Cook's voyages of discovery between 1768 and 1779 produced accurate maps, extensive collections of natural history specimens and ethnographic materials, and advances in navigation and hydrography which revolutionised European understanding of the Pacific. These voyages laid the groundwork for Britain's expanded colonial empire and the establishment of settlements in Australia and New Zealand. The recovery in 1969 of the cannon jettisoned to save HMB 'Endeavour' and her crew from disaster occurred just one year before the 200th anniversary of Cook's charting of the east coast of Australia. Then, as now, the cannon served as poignant and tangible reminders of the dangers faced by those aboard in the discovery of Australia's east coast.Place made