Andy gets a Cannon
Some of you may remember I spent a few years in the United States
Marine Corps - in artillery. I must have been at an impressionable
age, because I still like blowing sh*t up.
One day, not long ago, a friend called and said he had a cannon
and wanted to know when I wanted to come get it. No discussion of
price, he knew I'd pay it. I met him in a darkened parking lot,
we made the exchange (I gave him the payment in $1 coins, just to
keep it pirate-y) and we parted.
The cannon was just that - 16" long, 30lbs of brass, a muzzle
on one end and a touch hole on the other. No carriage or anything,
just the tube.
I put out the call and another friend sent me the plans for the
cannon carriages on the USS Constitution. I made a run at making
one, but it didn't scale well and the cannon would tip over forward
if the conditions were right. Back to the drawing board.
There she is, in all her glory.
I bolted the parts together to help deal with recoil. I made the
bolts out of 3/16 brass welding rod, threading the ends to fit 10-24
nuts. I found brass acorn nuts at the local hardware store (57 cents
each!) and the straps are copper pipe straps from a plumbing store.
We don't know her origins, we assume she was on a private yacht
or sailboat named Selkie.
According to plans, the wheels rotate on the axle - the axle does
not rotate. Just like in the days of yore, I made bearings for the
wooden wheels - I used copper pipe from the plumbing store. The
wheels are made by laminating two pieces of 1/2" mahogany (rotated
90°.) I used little pieces of welding rod to hold the wheels
on. It rolls very well.
Another shot of the business end. The diameter is somewhat less
than 3/4". I made a bore brush out of a pipe brush. I will
also make a rammer and a tampion.
That's all for now - we are going to use her to start races at
the Toledo Wooden Boat Show.