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 Pet Names of Guns 
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From Admiral Sir P.B.V. Broke, Bart., KCB, &c: A Memoir (1866) compiled by the Rev. J.G. Brighton:

"All her [Chesapeake] guns had names, engraven on small squares of copper plate. The following list of twenty-five of them, on one side, has been preserved:

MAIN DECK.

1. Brother Jonathan.
2. True Blue.
3. Yankee Protection.
4. Putnam.
5. Raging Eagle.
6. Viper.
7. General Warren.
8. Mad Anthony.
9. America.
10. Washington.
11. Liberty for ever.
12. Dreadnought.
13. Defiance.
14. Liberty or Death.

All these were eighteen-pounders.

FORECASTLE.

15. United Tars.
16. Jumping Billy. [32-pounder]
17. Rattler. [32-pounder]

QUARTERDECK.

18. Bull Dog.
19. Spitfire.
20. Nancy Dawson.
21. Revenge.
22. Bunker's Hill.
23. Pocahontas.
24. Towser.
25. Wilful Murder.

All thirty-two-pounders."

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Susan,
Thanks for this information. I've seen a smaller version on another site but this contains all the names. I find Wilful Murder an interesting name for a brute casting of iron like the carronades I've seen.
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No problem. I thought the list was interesting. Neat they took the trouble to engrave plates for them.

Does "Mad Anthony" refer to General Wayne? (Different war but enough of an icon?)

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Anthony Wayne was also one of the early frontier generals. He was recalled by Washington to fight the Indians in the Old Northwest. Here's the Wikipedia <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne">article</a>.
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From James Scott's Recollections of a Naval Life (Vol. II)...

The navy was involved in the attack on Fort Bourbon [Dessaix] and helped construct and man batteries. One of the 24-pounders was named "Bloody murder."

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