It would appear that the BBC have found out that cannon balls can be “live”.
Perhaps live cannon balls are a specialty of Antigua.
We (not I, I hasten to add) were not popular when the diver who lifted one left it on the slipway where it fizzed and popped...
Cannon were test fired into an earth bank near to where the current A483 is; Cannon shot was found during the earthworks for construction.
Wilkinson is an "interesting" individual, originally a Quaker (as nearly every british industialist was), he had limited morals when it came to money, he sold cannon to both sides in the American war for independence.
Off topic but I'm trying very hard to remember the dive boat. I think the skipper was Roger, his wife was Sue and they had diver accommodation having purchased "next door" so that Sue popped through a connecting door to make breakfast. "Excalibur" comes to mind somewhere...
There are four varieties in society: the lovers, the ambitious, observers and fools. The fools are the happiest.
Hippolyte Taine – French critic and historian (1828-93)
Spare cylinders stored below deck, access through a deck hatch that divers took turns in falling down when open?
The skipper was head honcho for the professional boatmens association at the time I went on it.
Boat ran from the harbour down from Bovisand.
That was Excalibur, cant remember any other names though.
Accommodation sounds about right, there was a compressor "off-site" as well.
That was a club trip most of us were trying to ignore the two members indulging in an affair, so it was dive, beer, "I see nothing".
It was a really slow boat though.
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