Captured Cannon

Captured Cannon (HM27PX)

Location: London, England EC3N 4DR Greater London
Country: United Kingdom

N 51° 30.509', W 0° 4.545'

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Gun Glossary

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.
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HM NumberHM27PX
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Date Added Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 702922 N 5710427
Decimal Degrees51.50848333, -0.07575000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 30.509', W 0° 4.545'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 30' 30.54" N, 0° 4' 32.7" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35 Tower Hill, London England EC3N 4DR, GB
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