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Plymouth in Devon County, England, United Kingdom
 

Ships’ Cannon

 
 
Ships’ Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
1. Ships’ Cannon Marker
Inscription.
The two guns situated either side of this plaque are restored ships’ cannons from the 19th century. They may have seen action during the Crimean War (1853 – 1856) or during one of the many Naval expeditions that Britain undertook during the 19th century. Cannons like these were classified by the weight of the round iron cannon balls that they fired; the cannon made in 1811 is a 24 pounder. The cannon made in 1819 is an 18 pounder. Both are of Blomefield design and were made from cast iron at the Carron foundry in Falkirk. For many years after their working life the barrels of these cannon were sunk into the quayside at Devonport Dockyard and used as Bollards. The grooves caused by ships’ cables rubbing against them during that time are clearly visible. The gun carriages are replicas, manufactured from iroko in the RN workshops in the Fleet Maintenance Base, HMS Drake

These guns were presented to Plymouth City Council by
Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
on 29 November 2001

 
Location. 50° 21.788′ N, 4° 8.075′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, England, in Devon County. Marker is on Madeira Road half a kilometer east of Hoe Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth, England PL1 2NU, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers.
Ships’ Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
2. Ships’ Cannon Marker
Overlooking Plymouth Sound
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1815 – 2015 (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Napoleon Bonaparte in Plymouth Sound (about 180 meters away); Way of Saint James (about 180 meters away); Departure of the ‘Tory’ (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Pilgrims Point - The Mayflower Steps (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); 350th Anniversary of the Mayflower (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Tolpuddle Martyrs (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Arrival of NC4 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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