- Born: 1792, Saint Keverne, , Cornwall, England
- Christened: 12 Feb 1792, Saint Keverne, , Cornwall, England
- Marriage: Elizabeth CADDY
- Died: 1881, Gunwalloe, , Cornwall, England at age 89
An English Tale
Passed down through the generations a tale of Henry (Harry) Cuttance. Although he was deeply into free-trade traffic, he conducted a hotel in the village of Gunwalloe. He successfully manifested a fašade of high respectability and at the same time cleverly concealed his unlawful activity. His friend and associates were very loyal to him and each other.Henry was renown as a raconteur . His repertoire of humorous stories appeared to be endless.
In 1807, when Henry was sixteen, he became the victim of the ' Press Gang ' . Henry was a rugged, robust youth and fearless. He possessed the natural qualities of character and physique eagerly sought by the navy. He was taken aboard a frigate and duly orientated in the particular routine and discipline of the Navy.
Among other characteristic traits, Henry was an independent youth, and loved his freedom. He had never been emotionally stirred by the slightest feeling of patriotism. Henry vowed to himself that he would quit when circumstances were favourable.The frigate carrying out strategic exercises in the English Channel and about four miles from shore. Henry dived overboard and swam under water for as long as possible and in the process losing his hat. His absence was discovered immediately and his leaving the ship was desertion. Muskets were ordered to be discharged to ensure either the immediate demise or apprehension.
Gunfire was accurate and the hat was riddled. Henry was undisturbed heading for the nearest point of land, Poldhu Cove, he landed safely and returned home to a heroes welcome. Henry enthusiastically renewed the unlawful " free trade " activity in which he had been engaged -- " Brandy for the Parson; Baccy for the Clerk " .
The frigate from which Henry escaped was the ' Anson ' . It was a 64 gun vessel under the command of Captain Lydiard. During the Napoleonic wars, the ' Anson ' had distinguished itself in battle in the North Sea and the English Channel. It ' s activities as a Warship were suddenly terminated on 29 December 1807.
For a number of days the ' Anson ' was in the centre of a cyclone and became difficult to control. It crashed on to Loe Bar, mid way between Gunwalloe and Porthleven, and was totally wrecked. Many of the sailors perished in the disaster.
Henry was unable to render any assistance to the stricken members of the crew. Instead, from a vantage point in Gunwalloe he and his friends, with deep feeling of sympathy and compassion for the unfortunate victims of the tragedy, viewed the vessel's fragmentation.
From the west Briton Friday 24 September 1847
HEROISM REWARDED - On Wednesday last, RICHARD PEARCE, Esq., the Royal Swedish and Norwegian Vice-Consul, of Penzance, met by appointment, at the National School Room, Helston, the nine men who so gallantly nobly risked their lives on the 20th day of November last, on Gunwalloe beach, in saving the crew of the "Elizabeth," of Bergen, for the purpose of presenting them with two handsome silver jugs, and other pieces of plate from his Majesty the King of Sweden and Norway. It being the day of the Helston grammar school meeting, the school-room was much crowded with the clergy and gentry of the town and neighbourhood. Mr. Pearce, in addressing himself to the men, said "I have great pleasure in informing you that his Majesty the King of Sweden and Norway has been graciously pleased to direct me to convey to you his perfect satisfaction with the important services rendered by you in the preservation of Capt. NIELS WUFF ELLERTSEN and three others, the only survivors of the crew of the crew of the Norwegian schooner "Elizabeth" of Bergen, unfortunately wrecked on the 20th day of November last near Gunwalloe, and to present to you the accompanying testimonials as a further acknowledgment of your bravery and good conduct. After a very lengthened and appropriate address, Mr. Pearce presented to Mr. HENRY CUTTANCE, of the Ship Inn, Gunwalloe, an elegant silver cup, bearing the following inscription in the Norwegian language:- "From Oscar, King of Norway, to Henry Cuttance of Gunwalloe, for brave and noble actions on the 20th of November, 1846." Mr. SOLOMON ROWE, of Porthleaven, also had presented to him a silver pint, for having nobly risked his life in throwing the first rope to his suffering fellow creatures, and various pieces of plate were presented to each of the other seven men for their bravery. The meeting was concluded with a suitable address to the men from the Rev. Canon ROGERS, contrasting their conduct with that of the Cornish wreckers of the last century
Harry married Elizabeth CADDY. (Elizabeth CADDY was born in 1801 in Cury, , Cornwall, England and died in 1861 in Gunwalloe, , Cornwall, England.)