Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pre-1800 Cannons

Culverin Cannon-
-This medieval cannon was good for attacking at a far distance.  Under the arm was a tube placed by a wooden piece.  To fire this cannon, you would need to insert a burning match into the tiny hole of the tube. 
Manufacture: First used by the French in the 15th century and then later used by the English in the late-16th century
Design: This cannon is very light and portable.  It had a smoothbore tube which was closed but had a tiny hole for ignition of gunpowder.  This cannon fired a 17.5 pound ball and had a bore of 5.5 inches.
Battles: At the Battle of Cressy in 1346, King Edward III had used this cannon.
Ammunition Types: Iron balls,

Tsar Cannon
-This giant cannon was used in the 15th century in Russia by Andrey Chokhov.  In the 1800's this cannon was later surrounded by one ton cannon balls.  According to a legend, the cannonballs were made in St. Petersburg which was made to be a symbol of Moscow and St. Petersburg's friendly rivalry.
Manufacture: Tsardom of Russia
Design: Decorated with reliefs (sculptures) of Tsar Feodor Icanovich on a horse 
Ammunition Types: 800 kg stone grapeshots


  1. nice 1st cannon but some of the information is missing :D

  2. But trebuchets aren't cannons
    They're as much of a cannon as throwing rocks are
    it just isn't

    And the information is beautifully incomplete
    You might also want to consider adding in the other 4 historical cannons needed for the history component.

  3. Kelly, your blog looks good so far, but as April said, info is missing! :P

  4. As everyone has said before some information is missing but i like the look of the blog