US CARRONADE

With its distinctive eye at the cascable,  the  U.S. Carronade   was considered the logical sea cannon. It was easily secured for controlled recoil. The loop also made rapid dock-to-ship transfer of the weapon safer and quicker. The stout U.S. Carronade is physically shorter than many of the cannons of its time.  This design reflects tight shipboard quarters and allowed fast relocating in the space provided. Trunnions are below center. The  U.S. Carronade  was not only a weapon of war but found use as an  “Insurance Gun”  to lower the insurance rates of the merchant ships in parts of the world where risk was high. Written history is rich with the descriptions of “Hell at Sea” that was the space around shipboard cannon during full pitched battle.

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