Tybee Island in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hot Shot Furnace
Only the foundation remains of one of the fortís furnaces which heated cannon balls. Used against wooden ships, the red-hot projectiles could start a disastrous fire – even after skipping on the water several times.
Loading a cannon with hot shot required special precautions. The paper powder bag, double thick, was inserted first. Hay wadding, first dry, then wet, served as a buffer between powder and cherry-red projectile. Wet clay was then often placed ahead of the shot.
( Above illustrations of a fork for hot shot and tongs : )
Tools such as these were used to handle the hot cannon balls.
It took about thirty minutes to heat a 32-pounder shot in a hot furnace. More than 60 rounds could be prepared at one time.
The invention of the ironclad ship, along with the widespread use of exploding shells, made hot shot obsolete.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 32° 1.655′ N, 80° 53.403′ W. Marker is in Tybee Island, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pulaski Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Pulaski. Marker is in this post office area: Tybee Island GA 31328, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are This Memorial Commemorates The Act Of... (here, next to this marker); Model 1859 Seacoast Carriage (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); 4.5 Inch Blakely Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooke Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Breached Wall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); German Volunteers (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tybee Island.
More about this marker. A photograph of a hot shot furnace appears on the left side of the marker.
Also see . . . Fort Pulaski National Monument. National Park Service website.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 304 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.