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    Carronade or smasher

    Not detailed compared to what you guys make but I could add a seagull.

    I plan on building a small Carronade with about 3.2 inch bore and instead of drawing plans on paper I tried to make a model. About 1/6 scale. It was going to be just the carrage and barrel but I got carried away, added ship deck, lines, block/tackle and worm/rammer.

    Early pic with Pusser's added for scale and in honor of our Brit friends. I understand it is what my ancestors would have been issued over a century ago. The "smasher" and the Pusser's.


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    Carronade 'Smasher'

    Here are a couple of pictures of the pair which stand other side of the entrance to Trinity House, London.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE501 View Post
    Here are a couple of pictures of the pair which stand other side of the entrance to Trinity House, London.
    Thanks, I really like that version of a simple wheeled carriage for the lug mounted gun.

    I want to build an early replica without trunnions. I like the naval/fortress type mount but it takes up much more space that this one and would be harder to transport.

    I took some pics at Annapolis of one of their guns in replica naval mount. It is cannonade, with trunnions rather than the center lug. I am looking at about a 20 inch barrel and 3.2" bore for the larger one.

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    The point about the carronades on the little wheel mounts is that a pair were quite often mounted in the Captain/Admirals cabin at the rear of a ship and were then dragged into position for firing when it was passing the stern of an enemy ship.
    They had a larger bore and could send a large ball or a lot of grape shot into the opposing Captain/Admirals cabin and down the length of the deck.

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    Interesting use. Do you know the approximate bore diameter and barrel length of those guns?

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    They varied according to the size of vessel. These were probably in a frigate because they are quite small, being only about 2 feet high, but you could well have 24 pounders in an Admirals cabin in a ship of the line. These would take some serious manhandling.

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    I'm wondered about length and bore diameter of the smallest originals and wondered if the ones you posted were smaller than most. Largest Carronade I have seen is a 32 pounder. It looked like quite a beast to handle.

    I built 24 pounder Coehorn mortars and although I have transported them by myself they are just too big. Maybe I should just build models. They are much easier to move around.

    I can estimate length with known hight. Thanks
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