Noon Gun on the Constellation

YES! I got to be part of the gun crew on the USS Constellation. Pull the gun back, Cliff (in the authentic period uniform) loaded the charge, then run it out.

A half pound of black powder later you get this:

That’s a Parrott Rifle by the way. Normal powder charge when firing a real ball is about two pounds. That would make this the naval version of the 3.67 inch model. It fired a 19 lb. shell. Range was about 2.5 miles.

I have many more cool pictures of the Constellation and Fort McHenry. Later.

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