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Plymouth in Washington County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Canon

Confederate Naval Canon from the CSS Albemarle

 
 
Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Canon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 28, 2012
1. Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Canon Marker
Inscription. The Brooke Rifle is named after its developer, Commander John Mercer Brooke (CSA), who served as Chief, Dept. of Ordnance and Hydrography. While closely resembling the popular Parrott Gun used by the Union, the Brooke Rifle is considered to be the finest cannon of the war on either side. Being doubled banded, (reinforced at the breech with two bands of iron), made it much safer than the single banded Parrott Guns. The fact that the bore of the Brooke had rifling, or spiraled grooves in the barrel to spin the projectile, made it extremely accurate.

It was a breech loading gun that fired shells and solid shot that weighed close to 100 lbs. The CSS Albemarle’s original gun was produced in 1863 at Richmond’s Tredegar (sp) Iron Works and weighed 10,420 lbs. Iron cannon were much cheaper to use in construction than the bronze used in earlier cannon. However, as the war progressed, the quality of the iron declined. The later iron guns were prone to exploding when fired, often killing members of the gun crew.

Visit the Port O’ Plymouth Museum to see actual shells fired by the CSS Albemarle’s 6.4 inch Brooke Rifle. The two original Brooke Rifles from the CSS Albenmarle now guard HQ, CIC, US Atlantic Command, Norfolk Navy Base.
 
Location. 35° 52.112′ 
Port O’ Plymouth Roanoke River Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 28, 2012
2. Port O’ Plymouth Roanoke River Museum
N, 76° 44.872′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, North Carolina, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of East Water Street and Madison Street, on the right when traveling west on East Water Street. Click for map. Located in front of the Port O’ Plymouth Roanoke River Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 E Water St, Plymouth NC 27962, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Plymouth (a few steps from this marker); Siege of Plymouth, NC (within shouting distance of this marker); CSS Albemarle (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named CSS Albemarle (within shouting distance of this marker); Rt. Rev. Alfred Augustin Watson (within shouting distance of this marker); Latham House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cushing’s Torpedo (about 500 feet away); Washington County Courthouse (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Plymouth.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Canon image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 28, 2012
3. Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Rifled Canon
Inside the "Albemarle" casemate. image. Click for full size.
By Julian Oliver Davidson (artist) John William Evans (engraver), 1888
4. Inside the "Albemarle" casemate.
From Century magazine.New York Public Library [PC AME-1864]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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