Early Ship Guns Part I: Built-up Breech Loaders

By Frank Howard, published November 1986


The construction of built-up guns has been conjectural until their recovery from the Mary Rose, but examples of cannon from Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands are available for study. The article surmises how the barrels and chambers were made, and how the stocks were designed. Eight guns are described in detail. The article concludes with a list of questions which still need to be answered.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Weapons

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