Ignition of debris during firing of cannon on replica 3-masted frigate Grand Turk with 1 person injured

Location: Berthed at Portsmouth, England.

Accident Investigation Report 15/2002

Read our marine accident investigation report, which includes what happened, actions taken and subsequent recommendations:

grand-turk.pdf (521.91 kb)


On 24 August 2001, a crewman sustained an injury during the firing of cannon on sailing vessel Grand Turk while alongside at Portsmouth.

Safety Issues

  • debris from the previous firing was disturbed by the wrong sequence of swabbing and worming, which caused a premature ignition


Recommendations have been made aimed at reducing the risk of similar accidents occurring in the future if implemented.

This report was published in April 2002.

Published 23 January 2015