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Attached is an interesting article on the Arsenal. May have to click on the photos to better read them. I believe the author misidentifies one of the guns as a 100 Ton Gun used in the bombardment of Alexandria. These were not used by the Brits on their ships.
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Sadly the Arsenal Museum closed in 2016.
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Thanks for posting. Very interesting. Get a load of that captured Chinese cannon! Wonder what ever happened to it. I think one of you skilled carriage makers should try to reproduce it!
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The last photos there would seem to show the breech of a 100 ton gun, at least from what is visible it looks like it to me. You will recall our discussions a while back concerning the function of the octagon around the axial vent - unless what is visible there is a breech door and the gun is a breech-loader, it would appear that whatever that is, is attached to the octagon. Along with a larger part that covers the entire breech. The large bands around the barrel visible there forward of the breech look the same as the bands shown in some photos and drawings of the 100 ton gun being transported (also visible in the photo showing Grant and Armstrong in front of the huge barrel). I am very curious to know what is going on there with whatever is attached to the breech!
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I donít think this is an Armstrong 100 ton gun for a few reasons

There were only four made for Great Britain, two sent to Gib and two to Malta. There is not record of these ever being shipped back. It was with great difficulty that they were shipped in the first place and even more difficulty encountered in moving them from where they were landed to their emplacements. The expense to return one would have been tremendous. When one of the Armstrongs was damaged on Gib, it was removed and buried on site and its brother, Rockbuster, moved to its location to take the place of the damaged gun.

It would seem odd to me as well to send an Armstrong gun to the Royal Arsenal for repair work, but this may have been commonplace after a gun was purchased from another maker.

The most telling thing to me was the caption that this gun was used to bombard Alexandria. The bombardment was done from a number of naval vessels and no British ships were outfitted with Armstrong 100 ton guns. The largest guns in the bombardment were the 16 inch 80 ton guns of H.M.S. Inflexible. Others had the 11 inch 25 ton gun or the 10 inch 18 ton guns.

I am thinking the device attached to the breech must be the electric firing mechanism. That was to me was one of the most interesting parts this story. Is it possible this is a 16 inch gun which also appears to have a recessed area in the breech.
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Thanks for the clarification, sorry but I wrote that in a hurry not knowing the exact time that the article appeared, and looking at the photos again I can see that the trunnions are not the same as the 100 ton gun. I was aware that there are no records of any of the 100 ton guns having ever been removed and sent back. Still, the details of that breech contraption probably give a good idea of what the same basic thing might have looked like on the 100 ton?
But the article is certainly fascinating and gives a great impression of what the arsenal was like at the time, Thanks!!
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