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Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Going Great Guns

 
 
Going Great Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
1. Going Great Guns Marker
Inscription.  
Picture this space in action as gun crews drilled in live fire exercises – the booming noise of cannon, the thick smoke, the smell of burnt powder, and the shouting of commands.

This casemate, a chamber with openings for cannons, could house two 32-pounders, which were designed to sink wooden warships. Similar casemates in the west wall later contained 10-inch Rodman cannons that fired projectiles weighing over 100 pounds.

[ Along Bottom of Marker : ]
Artillery at Fort Adams
Cannon              Weight of Tube       Range          Shot

24-Pounder              5500 lbs.             1.1 miles       24 lbs.
32-Pounder              7479 lbs.             1.1 miles       32 lbs.
10-inch Rodman       15,050 lbs.          2.5 miles       125 lbs.
15-inch Rodman       50,000 lbs.          2.5 miles       315 lbs.
 
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 41° 28.779′ N, 71° 20.219′ W.
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Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker can be reached from Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defending Narragansett Bay (a few steps from this marker); Returning Old Glory 2001 (a few steps from this marker); The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Defending Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams Foundation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an illustration of a cannon along with the steps necessary to load and fire it. Also present is a comparison of the sizes between a Typical Musket Shot, 24 Pounder, 32 Pounder, 10” Rodman and 15” Rodman. In addition three photographs of cannon in the casemates of Fort Adams appear on the lower left of the marker.
 
Going Great Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
2. Going Great Guns Marker
Going Great Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
3. Going Great Guns Marker
Marker and Cannon in Fort Adams Casemate image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
4. Marker and Cannon in Fort Adams Casemate
24 pounder Casemate Cannon - 1848 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
5. 24 pounder Casemate Cannon - 1848
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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