Public Art : Zeewijk Cannon
Artist/designer : Unknown
Description : Yes, I know it really isn't public art,
but it is mounted on a block of sandstone, has a plaque and is on display for the public, so I have taken a
bit of liberty and proclaimed it "public art". The weather warn cannon is strapped onto a sandstone block.
Location : The Zeewijk Cannon can be found on Chapman
Road, Geraldton, Western Australia.
History of the Zeewijk : The Zeewijk was a Dutch
ship, which in 1727 came to grief at the Abrolhos Islands in Western Australia. To make matters worse she struck
the reef on her maiden voyage. The crew blamed the skipper for the predicament and were none too happy when they
had to stay on the stricken ship for a week due to the rough weather. Click here for more info on the troubles of
History of the Zeewijk Cannon : Several cannons of the Zeewijk were first discovered on Half Moon Reef by a crayfisherman, in
1952. The Captain of the HMAS Mildura, who heard of this discovery, visited the islands several times before
the Mildura (with the help of the HMAS Fremantle) recovered three of the cannons. The cannons were then sent to the
Maritime Museum in Perth. The Zeewijk Cannon was one of the cannons savaged by the Mildura. The
citizens of Geraldton later purchased the cannon, when it was discovered that it was going to be sold to a scrap
metal merchant. Now the cannon is firmly strapped onto a sandstone block and on display for the public.