Cornwall At War Museum YouTube Channel

Apologies for no post last week but I was on holiday.

To make up for that we have got something special for you this week. We have our own YouTube channel so you can actually see moving pictures of the museum and special events there!

This first one shows the opening of the museum up to the royal visit of HRH Princess Alexandra last year.

The sound is sometimes muffled by a howling gale, we are at 1000 feet above sea level.

If you can watch it on full screen it will be beneficial.

At 50 seconds in to the video you'll see the brick fireplace which was original to the Officers Recreation Room and now protected by a Nissen hut on the original site.

When time allows more will be added to the video, especially on those special occasions which tend to happen at the museum. But for now enjoy seeing the place, and Steve and Sheila who have built this place to be something so special.

Click on the link below to see the video.

Cornwall At War Museum YouTube channel

Open on Bank Holiday Monday and all week.

Just a reminder that as it is a Bank Holiday weekend,  and school half term the museum is open all week.

Update on the surface to air missile launcher.

In June last year we had a post on this blog showing Steve and grandson Bertie returning from a "raiding party" and obtaining this Rapier surface to air missile launcher for the museum.

Now it's been fitted with inert missiles and stands proudly in the hangar. It's quite an imposing item.

WWI U-Boat Gun

This U-Boat gun from the first World War could well be the only one of it's kind left.

It was handed over to the museum by Mr W Stevenson of Newlyn after one of his trawlers, Philomena, had brought it up in her nets whilst 90 miles off the coast of south west Cornwall. This is where records show that U-41 sunk.

The gun is a KRUPP Ubts L/30 8.8cm gun, mounted on a KRUPP disappearing mount. It's believed that it was fitted on U-Boat 41.

U-41 was a member of II flotilla:

Length O.A 64.7 meters.
Weight 97.1 tons.
Range 8790 miles surfaced.
                80 miles submerged.
Power (Diesel) 1850HP
Power (Electric) 1200HP

28 ships sunk - total tonnage 58,648 tons
1 ship damaged - 4,409 tons
1 ship taken - 355 tons.


Another new addition to the museum this year is the PAP 104 MK 5 ROV - 1984 Tripartite Class Mine Hunting/Killing Vehicle.

In case you can't magnify the photo of the information it reads:

Type: ROV - Remotely Operated Vehicle
Max Depth: - 300m
Max Speed: - 6 Knots
Commissioned: - 1984
Length: - 2.7m
Beam: - 1.2m
Draft: - 1.2m
Crew: - 0
Displacement: - 1t
Displacement full: - 0t
Propulsion: - Batteries

Sensors/EW: - Generic Explosive Charge Mine Disposal - Mine Neutralisation, Explosive Charge Mine Disposal, Max Range: 0km

Generic LLTV - (Submarine, 3rd Gen, Mine Reconnaissance) Visual, LLTV, Mine Reconnaissance, Max Range: 01km.

Generic Mechanical Cable Cutter Mine  Sweep - (Submarine, 3rd Gen, Mine Reconnaissance) Mine Sweep, mechanical Cable Cutter, Max Range: 0km.

Pilot Ejection Protector

Another new addition to the museum is a protector that a pilot would put over his head when ejecting from his jet.

It is made of a thick canvas like material and has two loops at the front. The idea is that the pilot places the "cap" over his flying helmet and holds on to the loops prior to ejecting. By holding on to the loops the pilot ensures that his arms are folded in closely to his body to avoid any danger of them catching as he ejects.

I have assumed that the pilot would be male as the protector is dated 1963 and I'm quite sure that there weren't any female fighter pilots at that time.

Thank you Ricky for being the model.

WWI Darts

Newly acquired for the WWI display are 3 darts which were thrown from aircraft to targets below.

The German dart had a twisted shaft to make it spin during it's descent. The tip is very sharp and would pierce a helmet with the velocity of it's drop and enter the skull of the unfortunate soldier.

The two British ones would have been dropped out of a Royal Flying Corps planes.

The first had a small tail at the end of it with an exceedingly sharp tip which would have been capable of piercing a helmet on impact. Again these darts would enter the skull of the unfortunate recipient.

The second one had been modified with a hole in the shaft to accept a small amount of explosives. These were dropped on to Zeppelins and caused  massive explosions when they hit and pierced the hydrogen filled airships.