Original Late 18th - Early 19th Century Iron Boat Cannon on Naval Mount with 1 Inch Bore c. 1800

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Probably later used as a signal cannon, this started life around 1800 as a BOAT CANNON. Mounted in the bow of a rowing boat it fired straight ahead a solid iron ball of ONE INCH across. Of heavy construction this was a serious weapon that could be taken ashore, its wood Naval carriage mounted on four iron truck wheels allowed it to be dragged overland perhaps to blast the wood gates of some New England Fort.

The barrel measures 19" overall, and is 4" wide across the back tapering to 2 1/2 "at the muzzle. It is securely mounted on its four wheeled wooden carriage. Overall length with barrel on carriage is 20" and 11" wide at the axles. Very heavy at around 66lbs, this was considered a serious bit of armament.

Interestingly there has been an attachment fitted at some time best described as a touch hole cover. Now somewhat distorted as it appears to be made of Bronze this lever has to be depressed to expose the touch hole to the naked flame to allow the weapon to be fired. Possibly the nose of the cover may have been wrapped with some waterproof material which served to keep the touch hole powder dry.

The iron tube in very good condition under the grime of storage, an item which will clean up nicely to be put on display. A lovely boat Cannon on Naval truck carriage c. 1800. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: circa 1800
Caliber: 1 inch
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 23 inches
Ignition: Touch Hole
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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