Miches, Capsquares and Trunnion Bands
I believe that Tudor ” miches, bolts and forelocks ” were simply trunnion fittings. I think that the ” miche ” was what to-day we call the ” cap-square” ; and on the after side of the trunnion I think it was fastened, or jointed, to the ” Bolt,” an iron rod that probably passed through the entire depth of the cheek, an eye-let hole through which passed the ” key ” that clamped the cap”-square over the trunnion, and completed the process of wedding the gun to the carriage on which it was mounted.
Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | High Middle Ages | The Armada | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons