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    I wonder if any one can help me…A friend in the USA has a cannon from HMS Diana 1775 and wondered where it was made. We believe in the UK but not sure where, could be Rotherham or Birmingham or was it actually cast in Deptford/Greenwich? I can provide pictures. Can you help please. Or any other information regarding the fire on board and the whereabouts of the cannon after it left the ship in the USA.

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    David Hepper
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      This is something of a mystery – this cannot refer to HM frigate Diana, which was not in commission in 1775. She re-commissioned at Chatham in 1778 and remained active until paid off in 1783, but I cannot find that she served in American waters.

      How does your friend know that it came from Diana ?

      I suspect that it refers to a 120-ton schooner with that name that served as a tender in North American waters in 1775 – she was lost in May 1775 near Boston when she ran aground and was subsequently burnt.

      This vessel was a local schooner purchased and fitted out at Boston, with Vice Admiral Graves reporting that “she will have the St Lawrence’s Guns” – this referred to another small schooner that had originally been fitted out in Canada and had just been condemned.

      For the original reports, see Naval Documents of the American Revolution, volume 1 available on line at:
      https://ndar-history.org/?q=node/28855

      Her purchase:
      NDAR vol 1
      Vice Admiral Samuel Graves to Philip Stephens, January 8, 1775 | Naval Documents of the American Revolution (ndar-history.org)

      And the reports on her destruction:
      NDAR vol 1
      Report of the Massachusetts Committee of Safety of the Battle on Noddle’s Island, May 27, 1775 | Naval Documents of the American Revolution (ndar-history.org)

      Vice Admiral Samuel Graves to Philip Stephens, June 7, 1775 | Naval Documents of the American Revolution (ndar-history.org)

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      Thank you David for the information. I am attaching a link which explains everything and mentions my US friend. We are trying to locate where the cannon might have been made, we believe it is possible it was made in Scotland. I have pictures which show some markings. One of the things I cannot trace is that on the brackets on the side it appears to have a “Z” marking on the “hinge”. The link you sent was very interesting also thank you. https://boston1775.blogspot.com/2016/09/cannon-to-reappear-at-grotonfest-24-sept.html?m=1

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