The Cannons that stood here fired shot weighing 18 and 36 pounds almost a mile and a half. Heated cannonballs known as "hot shot" proved especially devastating to wooden ships.
During most of the battle the British kept their distance to avoid the return fire of the fort.As a result, most of their bombs and rockets missed the target. By dawn's early light on September 14, the British withdrew, unwilling to come within range of the fort's guns.
French 36 Pounder Naval Gun
Weight 10,000 pounds
Velocity 1,600 feet per second
Charge 12 pounds of black powder
Penetrationof oak at 400 yards 42 inches
Maximum effective range 1.5 miles
An artist's rendering of the upper and lower Water Batteries. The hot shot furnaces can be seen behind them.
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|Date Added||Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:22pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 363811 N 4347213|
|Decimal Degrees||39.26356667, -76.57860000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 15.814', W 76° 34.716'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 15' 48.84" N, 76° 34' 42.96" W|
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|Area Code(s)||410, 301|
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