Square cannon: what kind of cannon is that?

KorbenDallas

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Who knows what kind of projectile was used for this cannon? Bricks? I understand that the official version would probably say that some sort of fragmentation was used, but older cannons have something to them.

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Square_cannon_2.jpg


What about this one?
cannon_weird_1.jpg

I’ve been thinking about a serious thread on cannons, for I think some of them could be something else. Hopefully will get to it one day.
 

Yergen

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Uhh, what the heck?!

That isn't aerodynamic, i wonder what the projectile was or if it even was a cannon.
 

Monkwee

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Maybe that last one would project some sort of acid or other types of fluid?
 

ISeenItFirst

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Second one I think is decommissioned. Welded shut so it can't be "accidentally" used. Maybe holes so it can be looked into?

Square one could be a close range deck gun or mortar of some kind?
 

whitewave

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There's writing on the side of that thing. Can anyone make out what is says? To my aged eyes it looks like a date of 1608. Then again, it may be a signature of Cat Stevens. :) Seriously, I can't read it. Younger eyes maybe could help?
 

ISeenItFirst

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gun that shoots square bullets
Puckle gun - Wikipedia

What about that weapon says "square bullets"? Puckle is a regular round cross section projectile.

I can't read that writing on the cannon. Could be just about anything. Maybe something that would be meaningful to the person tasked with firing it. We stamp date codes into high pressure cylinders when they are hydro tested, perhaps something along those lines.
 

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