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Chiriaco Summit in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

33-barreled Organs

Leonardo da Vinci Weapons of War & Invention

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 27, 2016
1. 33-barreled Organs Marker
Inscription. The way Leonardo da Vinci saw it, the problem with cannons of the time was that they took far to long to load. His solution to that problem was to build multi-barreled guns that could be loaded and fired simultaneously.
This idea forms the basis of war inventions like da Vinci's 33-barreled organ, which featured 33 small-caliber guns or cannons connected together. The cannons were divided into three rows of 11 guns each, all connected to a single revolving platform. Attached to the sides of the platform were large wheels.
All guns of the organ would be loaded and then, during battle, the first row of 11 would be fired. The platform would then be rotated to properly aim the next row of cannons. The idea was that while one set of cannons was being fired, another set would be cooling, and the third set could be loaded. The system allowed soldiers to repeatedly fire without interuption (sic). The weapon is referred to as an "organ" because the rows of cannon barrels resembled the pipes of an organ. Leonardo da Vinci's design for the 33-barreled organ is generally regarded as the basis for the modern-day machine gun - a weapon that really didn't develop for commercial use until the 19th century.
 
Location. 33° 39.666′ N, 115° 43.326′ W. Marker
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 27, 2016
2. 33-barreled Organs Marker
is in Chiriaco Summit, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from Chiriaco Road near Summit Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 62434 Chiriaco Road, Indio CA 92201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannons (a few steps from this marker); Scythed Chariots (a few steps from this marker); Romero Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Catapults (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chiriaco Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Coachella Valley Recipients (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Desert Training Center (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Desert Training Center (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chiriaco Summit.
 
More about this marker. The da Vinci exhibit is in the General George S. Patton Museum parking lot.
 
Also see . . .  Leonardo da Vinci Inventions. The term "Renaissance man" comes from fifteenth-century Italy and refers to the idea of a person with knowledge and skills in a number of different areas. Perhaps, no single individual defines the idea of a Renaissance man better than Leonardo da Vinci – an artist, scientist, architect, engineer and inventor.
33-barreled Organs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 27, 2016
3. 33-barreled Organs Marker
(Submitted on November 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Leonardo da Vinci Weapons of War & Invention exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 27, 2016
4. Leonardo da Vinci Weapons of War & Invention exhibit
Designs for multi-barrel cannons by Leonardo da Vinci image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
5. Designs for multi-barrel cannons by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci's design for a 'tank' as interpreted at Burning Man 2016 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 3, 2016
6. Leonardo da Vinci's design for a 'tank' as interpreted at Burning Man 2016
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 183 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 1, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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