Bennet was rather a man of science than a man of war, which did not, however, prevent his vessel from carrying four carronades
, that had never hurt any body, to be sure, but had performed the most pacific duty in the world.
Lord Nelson's feared Royal Navy owed its massive punch to Scottish guns, or carronades
51) In proposing more daring moves they were depending on this trend, as well as on easy strategic maneuverability of their own naval forces from one theater of operations to another; on subterfuge; on the enemy's limited ability to guess what they were doing and counter it; and on the (at least marginal) technological superiority provided by copper sheathing of the underwater hulls of ships, as well as on the adoption of carronades
, which would prove their value as a new form of ordnance during the battle of the Saintes.
The Industrial Revolution, which supplied the standardsized pulleys on the great war machines of Nelson's battle fleet and the carronades
bored out of solid castings on steam-operated jigs that were mounted on the smaller warships of his day, followed on, rather than created, the culture of bodies of men working in unison as part of a mechanical operation.
Well, it's routinely accepted that in the age of fighting sail, ships only pounded one another to pieces firing broadsides with their cannon and carronades
at a distance until one vessel surrendered or was sunk.
British Royal Marines under Nelson fought from the decks with the +77-caliber Brown Bess smoothbore Sea Service muskets, carronades
But at this time a great party was in Camp, and on a proposal from Mr Mountgarrett to fire one of the Carronades
to intimidate them they dispersed.
Not only was slavery in Tripoli a nightmare of torture and endless labor (there's a reason why Barbary and barbarous sound so much alike), but the Philadelphia, which boasted 28 18-pound guns and 16 carronades
capable of shooting 32-pound cannonballs, was now in the hands of the Bashaw (or Pasha, ruler) of Tripoli.
By cutting the line of enemy ships - a risky manoeuvre as he had to take several broadsides to do it - Nelson was able to bring his carronades
(close-quarter cannon) into action, which had a devastating effect and helped swing the battle in Britain's favour.
With three great gun decks, she had a formidable array of firepower, with 100 guns, thirty 32-pounders, thirty 24-pounders, thirty-four 12-pounders and fourteen 32-pounder carronades
, serving a crew of 891 officers and men.
with ports for twenty heavy carronades
," a short gun half the weight of an equivalent long gun.
In total, they mounted 40 long guns and 46 carronades
(large bore, short-range howitzer-like weapons), crewed by over 800 seamen.