1 - REMOVE GUNS
A barge with crane would moor alongside Cerberus and lift the four 18 ton guns from the turrets. The guns would be stored on the seafloor which would help leach salt from them.
Funded by the Victorian State Government
One of four guns being removed
2 - REMOVE & RELOCATE TURRETS
1- The turrets would be lifted off & relocated to HMAS Cerberus at Crib Point. A feasibility study to identify any issues will be undertken in 2015.
Funding obtained to relocate both turrets.
Funded by the Australian Government
One of two turrets to be relocated
In early 2014 Friends of the Cerberus followed up a suggestion from the City of Bayside about the possibility of relocating the gun turrets and guns from HMVS Cerberus to a land based location. As the obvious place to locate the turrets and guns from HMVS Cerberus is HMAS Cerberus, we approached the base which was named after the world's first Breastwork Monitor. It goes without saying, that given the importance of tradition in the Royal Australian Navy, that Captain Bowater, Commander Eastman and the staff of the Museum of HMAS Cerberus were very keen to host the turrets and guns from HMVS Cerberus.
We therefore commissioned Matt Manifold of Mammoth Movers to investigate whether our grant was large enough to allow for the turrets and guns to be relocated. After costing the hire of barges etc, initial indications were that the turrets and guns should be able to be moved within the funds available from the NHII grant. Matt stressed that a full feasibility study would need to be undertaken given the complicated nature of the proposed operation.
The intention is, that were the turrets and guns able to be moved to HMAS Cerberus, following the recommendations of Dr Ian MacLeod, a world renowned expert in iron conservation, they would be water blasted and appropriately coated.
Moving the Cerberus turrets and guns to HMAS Cerberus has many advantages:-
The alternatives to relocating the guns and turrets are:-
Either of the above alternatives would mean that the gun turrets would collapse and that no further action would ever be taken to save what would end up as a pile of iron. Future generations would rightly comment on a lost opportunity.