Three Tiers of Firepower

Three Tiers of Firepower (HMWFK)

Location: Newport, RI 02840 Newport County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 28.757', W 71° 20.296'

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The Fast Passage provides easy entry to Narragansett Bay. So in wartime, an enemy fleet could have sailed right into Newport, with cannons blazing! To answer this potential threat, Fort Adams focused its firepower here on the west wall.

Top tier aimed to take down the mast and rigging. These guns could fire cannon balls linked by chains and bars that could cut the halyards, smash rigging and shred the sails.

Center tier swept the decks with cannon balls and even grape shot at close range.

Bottom tier, almost level with the water, aimed to skip the deadly hot shot, heated cannon balls, to strike at the waterline. Not only did they pierce the hull but also started fires in the wooden ships.

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The Deadly West Wall ? 1855
Top Tier ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Range

7 ? ? ? 8-inch Columbiads ? ? ? ? ? ? 2.1 miles
33 ??? 8-inch S.C. Howitzers ? ? ? 1 mile

Center Tier ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? Range
34 ?? 32 Pounders ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1.1 miles
3 ? ? 8-inch Columbiads ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 2.1 miles
3 ? ? 24 Pounders ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1.1 miles

Bottom Tier ? ? ??? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Range
34 ? 42 Pounders ? ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1.8 miles
3 ? ? 8-inch Columbiads ? ? ?? ? ? 2.1 miles

117 Cannons
Later 10-inch Rodmans were added to the West Wall
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HM NumberHMWFK
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Placed ByFort Adams State Park
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 10:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 304772 N 4594603
Decimal Degrees41.47928333, -71.33826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 28.757', W 71° 20.296'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 28' 45.42" N, 71° 20' 17.76" W
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Area Code(s)401
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-142 Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI 02840, US
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