Plymouth in Washington County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Replica 6.4 inch Brooke Riﬂed Cannon
Confederate Naval Cannon from the CSS Albemarle
It was a breech loading gun that fired shells and solid shot that weighed close to 100 lbs. The CSS Albemarle’s original gun was produced in 1863 at Richmond’s Tredegar (sp) Iron Works and weighed 10,420 lbs. Iron cannon were much cheaper to use in construction than the bronze used in earlier cannon. However, as the war progressed, the quality of the iron declined. The later iron guns were prone to exploding when fired, often killing members of the gun crew.
Visit the Port O’ Plymouth Museum to see actual shells fired by the CSS Albemarle’s 6.4 inch Brooke Rifle. The two original Brooke Rifles from the CSS Albenmarle now guard HQ, CIC, US Atlantic Command, Norfolk Navy Base.
Location. 35° 52.112′ Touch for map. Located in front of the Port O’ Plymouth Roanoke River Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 E Water St, Plymouth NC 27962, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Plymouth (a few steps from this marker); Siege of Plymouth, NC (within shouting distance of this marker); CSS Albemarle (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named CSS Albemarle (within shouting distance of this marker); Rt. Rev. Alfred Augustin Watson (within shouting distance of this marker); Latham House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cushing’s Torpedo (about 500 feet away); Washington County Courthouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 504 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.