Artwork : ArchiveNo00175

64 Pounder Gun Rail 1850



Artefact

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Contributor

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ContributionForm
Contributor Name Southsea Castle
Contributor Image a.whitmarsh_dday.jpg
Profession

Location Southsea
Collection Date 29.09.08 12.00pm
Artefact Name 64 Pounder Gun Rail
Artefact Description Circular, iron rail (1.5metres diametres approx.). The wheels of the carriage sit on top of the rail. Poor condition and crumbling.
Artefact Date 1850
Artefact Stored South-side by the wall, Southsea Castle
Artefact Form

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Sample Taken Iron flakes from rail
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History of Artefact The rail is in place to allow the cannon to slide and move 180 degrees from side to side. This allows it to have a wide field of fire. The originals were installed in 1850. The carriage is a replica but the cannon and rail are authentic. There are positions of fire for these in the castle. It has never been used in anger but it was used to practise with. It is positioned on the south-side of Southsea Castle.
Historian Andrew Whitmarsh
Previous Owners Queen Victoria, The British Army
Special Memories 64-pounder gun on loan to Southsea Castle from The Royal Armouries. Photograph appears courtesy of the Trustees of The Armouries.
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