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Breech-Loading Swivel Cannons

December 24th, 2015 by Piper Smith

First used in artillery in the 14th century, breech-loading swivel cannons used removable mug-shaped chambers, individually charged with powder and projectiles, which would be firmly wedged in place and then ignited through the touch hole. Breech-loading swivel guns were generally placed at the bow and stern on warships. The breech-loading swivel cannon had a high rate of fire- reloading quickly, and were especially effective in anti-personnel roles when boarding, or being boarded by personnel from another vessel.