Cannon at Hedbury Quarry near Worth Matravers


The canon dates from about the same time as the Halsewell shipwreck but no-one knows if it came from the Halsewell. The Halsewell was wrecked on a very cold January day in 1783 near here and about two thirds of the passengers and crew of about 300 were killed. The wreck attracted national publicity partly because King George lll had spent his holidays in nearby Weymouth. The ship was sailing from London to India and was forced to turn back when it reached the Lizard because it had taken in a lot of water in a storm and was unmanageable after one of the masts had broken.