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guns at the harbour lights, south shields

Naval guns at The Beacon, South Shields

I still haven’t discovered the history of these two naval guns overlooking the harbour in South Shields. They have recently been restored and look resplendent as they sit in front of the Harbour Lights public house, which, as my photograph illustrates, was at some time named The Crown Inn.

The guns were either captured in war or salvaged from a wreck, I really don’t know!

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 64mm lens, 1/20 second, f4.5, iso 200



Written by curly

January 14, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. Always lovely to visit here. Your photos are terrific. This is such a piece of typical England.


    January 14, 2008 at 5:29 am

  2. I’m pretty sure these are replicas installed sometime in the 80s, the originals being from the Napoleonic wars.Janis Blower would put us right. Great photo though – that could be me in the window with a pint.


    January 14, 2008 at 12:03 pm

  3. I love the strong corner of the old pub and yes, it is a piece of typical England

    S Wilson

    January 14, 2008 at 8:28 pm

  4. The pub reminds me more of a corner shop. I woundn’t mind a couple of cannons in my front garden.


    January 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm

  5. the mountings put me in mind of a fortress rather than a ship. Captured and bought home??? Any marks on the metal-work like “Long Live the Czar”????


    January 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

  6. Hi, I was reading on Wikipedia that the guns are relics from a Russian ship captured during the Crimean War, although the original ones were melted during WWII

    S Wilson

    January 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  7. According to Janis Blower the originals were indeed Crimean, presented to the town in 1858. They (like the park railings) were scrapped in WW2 and replaced by the present replicas in the 80s. These were made by apprentices at the British Shipbuilders School in Hebburn


    January 15, 2008 at 11:52 pm

  8. Thanks for the information folks, what a great help!
    At least we know a bit more about them now.


    January 16, 2008 at 9:34 am

  9. IIRC the originals were Crimean and were melted down for the WW1 war effort – after WW1 they were replaced by a tank which was melted down for the WW2 war effort the Gunners as it was known remained empty until the current replicas arrived (can’t remember when but the 80s, as Westy said, does sound about right)


    January 31, 2008 at 1:56 pm

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