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Glass Negative - Refitting Guns on HMVS Cerberus, Williamstown, Victoria, Nov 1898 Image Reg. No: MM 030191

Ten-inch RML guns on the pier during refitting of HMVS Cerberus, Williamstown, November 1898. The sailing ship Andreta is in the background.

Photograph by Thomas Beckett. Part of a collection of glass plate negatives taken by Dr Thomas George Beckett, doctor, pioneering radiologist and amateur photographer between 1891 and 1910. The collection is primarily of Beckett's family, friends, homes, and towns and suburbs where Beckett and his family lived, including Charlton in central Victoria and Northcote & South Yarra, suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.
Description Of Content:
See glass plate No.162 - shows guns being fitted to Cerberus.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Joan Hadden
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: cannons, ships, wharves
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Dr Thomas George Beckett Collection, Dr Thomas George Beckett (1859-1937)
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: naval vessels - australian
Inscriptions: Original caption: 'GUNS OF CERBERUS, NEW AND OLD.'
Format: Glass Negative: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 29 Nov 1898
Photographer: Dr Thomas Beckett, Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 29 Nov 1898
Ship Depicted: Victorian Colonial Navy, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 29 Nov 1898

Guns taken from the HMVS Cerberus during a refit lying on the pier at Williamstown, November 1898. Although the Cerberus never went into combat, during the nineteenth century it was the most heavily armed ship in the southern hemisphere.
Ship Depicted: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 29 Nov 1898

The 'Andreta' depicted in the background was a square-rigged clipper ship engaged in the Australian wheat export trade around the end of the 1890s-1900s. The Adreta was reported in 'The Argus' on October 1898, as having just arrived in Hobsons Bay after 'A Senstational Experience' during a voyage from New York, in which the vessel was hit by a sudden squall on 7 July, with winds so severe that 'she was almost completely stripped of canvas'. (The Argus, 26 Oct 1898, p.5, 'The Ship Andreta - A Sensational Experience', National Library of Australia http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9857589).
References: Record updated in response to DC Enquiry number 1301.
The vessel in the background was previously incorrectly idenitiied as the HMVS Nelson, although the name 'Andreta' can be clearly read on the bow.


John Rogers Posted on 30 Jul 2010 5:13 PM
The ship in the background is Andreta and not Nelson.
John Rogers Posted on 12 Sep 2010 2:39 PM
At the risk of nit-picking, the rear gun in the photo is the second damaged gun from Cerberus that has been removed from the ship's aft turret. A close look shows that it is partly painted white to assist vision inside the turret. The gun in the foreground is a Mk II gun waiting to be installed in the aft turret. More details at www.cerberus.com.au/damagedgunslideshow.html

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