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 Swedish Swivels? 
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Post Swedish Swivels?
Ladies and Gents

Does anyone have any information on the 2 and 3-pound weapons as used on the Swedish Galleys in the late 18C.

I suspect these are swivel/anti-personel weapons, but 3-pounder guns are usually around 6 feet in length, and seem too big for this role.

Most swivels used by the British and US were 1/2 or 1 pounder weapons.

Any ideas?

Cy


Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:03 pm
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The RN had a few brass sea service 3-pdrs during the 18th century. These were 4.5 feet in length and weighed 5.5 cwt. The RN considered the 1-pdr swivel to be too cumbersome and relied on the ½-pdr.

Even if we are talking Swedish pounds, the 2-pdr would still have been about 1.85 British pounds – possible for a swivel but awkward to handle. I think that I recall seeing a design of Chapman's for mounting heavy swivels and are perhaps those in Jenku's post of 2nd March, 2009:
viewtopic.php?t=1757&highlight=jenku

Perhaps Jenku can assist, although I do not recall his mentioning the size of the swivels on board Gunboat N. 14, and see
http://www.algonet.se/~hogman/navy_o_army_fleet.htm


Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:17 pm
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