Thursday, October 24, 2013


This little cast-iron smoothbore cannon is a carronade. Carronades were produced by the Carron Company in Britain from roughly the 1770s to the 1850s and used by the Royal Navy as short-range weapons during ship-to-ship warfare. As rifled cannon increased the accuracy and range of the warships, carronades were phased out. This one has an unusual bore - appx. 4" and possibly a 9-pdr., though no such caliber is listed - and was reportedly raised from the Savannah River after use by the Confederate Navy. But... Who knows for sure?

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