Unknown Object: WW1

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  • #16612
    Anonymous

      Would anyone have any idea what this is? It’s on a WW1 shipwreck.

      #16618
      Malcolm Lewis
      Participant

        That’s a challenge! Maybe a signal lamp of searchlight but on what type of vessel?

        #16619
        Anonymous

          The pedestal is bronze or brass, 5 feet high and about 2 1/2 feet dia. at the base. The barrel is 4 feet long and 1 foot dia. The barrel can tilt on trunnions like a cannon and has sighting pins. It looks like it could launch some kind of mortar. It was cargo destined for Queenstown (Cobh) Co.Cork

          #16622
          David Hepper
          Participant

            Possibly either a 7.5in Howitzer, deployed on several ships WW1:
            See:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BL_7.5-inch_naval_howitzer

            or a 3.5in Stick Bomb Thrower, a widely used anti-submarine weapon.
            See:

            http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WAMBR_ASW.php

            (you will have to scroll down a way to find details of both weapons, with photos)

            #16623
            Anonymous

              Thanks for the info, very like a stick bomb thrower, I’ll try to get measurements on the next dive. Great information thanks again

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