33-barreled Organs Historical

33-barreled Organs Historical (HM1VGZ)

Location: Indio, CA 92201 Riverside County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 39.666', W 115° 43.326'

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Leonardo da Vinci Weapons of War & Invention

The way Leonardo da Vinci saw it, the problem with cannons of the time was that they took far to long to load. His solution to that problem was to build multi-barreled guns that could be loaded and fired simultaneously.

This idea forms the basis of war inventions like da Vinci's 33-barreled organ, which featured 33 small-caliber guns or cannons connected together. The cannons were divided into three rows of 11 guns each, all connected to a single revolving platform. Attached to the sides of the platform were large wheels.
All guns of the organ would be loaded and then, during battle, the first row of 11 would be fired. The platform would then be rotated to properly aim the next row of cannons. The idea was that while one set of cannons was being fired, another set would be cooling, and the third set could be loaded. The system allowed soldiers to repeatedly fire without interuption (sic).
The weapon is referred to as an "organ" because the rows of cannon barrels resembled the pipes of an organ. Leonardo da Vinci's design for the 33-barreled organ is generally regarded as the basis for the modern-day machine gun - a weapon that really didn't develop for commercial use until the 19th century.
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Date Added Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 618481 N 3725312
Decimal Degrees33.66110000, -115.72210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.666', W 115° 43.326'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 39.96" N, 115° 43' 19.56" W
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Area Code(s)760
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 62428-62434 Chiriaco Rd, Indio CA 92201, US
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