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London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Captured Cannon

Gun Glossary

 
 
Captured Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
1. Captured Cannon Marker
Inscription.
These bronze muzzle-loading guns form part of the Waterloo Battery, a set of eight guns captured and brought to the Tower by the Duke of Wellington after the battle of Waterloo in 1815.
They fired a solid iron cannonball propelled by the explosion of a charge of gunpowder. The angle of the barrel was altered by means of a screw fixed to the carriage. Each gun required a five-man gun crew to operate it, six horses to pull it and had an effective range of 275m.

1. Muzzle - the end of the gun where the powder and ball are loaded.
2. Trunnion - the pivot supporting the gun.
3. Dolphins - the lifting loops used to lift the barrel on and off the carriage.
4. Vent - a small hole through which the charge of gunpowder is ignited.
5. Cheeks - the side pieces of the gun carriage sometimes called the brackets.
6. Strakes - iron plates forming a rim to strengthen and protect the wooden wheels from wear.
7. Linch Pin - an iron wedge that secures the wheel on it s axle. This term is the origin of the term ‘linchpin’ meaning someone who is important or key.
 
Location. 51° 30.509′ N, 0° 4.545′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
Captured Cannon Marker with Guns of the Waterloo Battery image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
2. Captured Cannon Marker with Guns of the Waterloo Battery
of Tower Hill and Trinity Square, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of the Waterloo Barracks within the walls of the Tower of London. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England EC3N 4DJ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British 25 Pounder Field Gun, 1943 (a few steps from this marker); On Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); Nordenfelt Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron 9-pounder Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); The Waterloo Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Waterloo Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Bronze 24-pounder Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); White Tower and the Two Princes (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tower of London. (Submitted on May 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Tower of London on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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