U.S. Navy Gunnery and The Plymouth

27th June 2012, 14:13
Alot of research has been done on U.S. Navy ships, and their crews, where they been, when did they arrive, when did they leave a certain area...who boarded....who jumped ship....and on and on....but not much is ever written about what ships was involved in developments of material that was inter-connected with these "Man of War" vessels.

After all these ships that was first developed was pretty much designed to "fight" so this involved "gunnery"....and "ordnance". Oh Yes, guns, cannons, cannon balls had been around many, many years ....but when the U.S. Navy decided to float their own "fleets of corks" on the sea's of the world.....the "Head Brass" suddenly realized....fleet gunnery as well as ordnance had to under go modernization....that was just not a "fleeting thought" with them guys...."It was a must."

Ok...so as I said above...ship history has been looked into in great depths.....but what ships were involved in these much needed improvements of gunnery & ordnance? Well the Sloop-of-War Plymouth ...in 1857 was just such a ship....and that is where our story begins.

So...if you'd care to enlighen yourself in this particular subject matter...you can do so by just clicking on this title: U.S. NAVY GUNNERY AND THE PLYMOUTH (http://navalmerchantshiparticles.blogspot.com/2010/12/usnavy-gunnery-and-plymouth.html) and this will take you to the "Link"

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27th June 2012, 14:51
You might want to check out "Arming the Fleet", by Spencer Tucker, which covers the subject of the development of naval ordinance through the Civil War period in rather greater detail. Despite the fact that naval guns were still muzzle-loaders, a great deal had actually changed in the first half of the 19th century. In particular, there was the introduction of shell-firing guns (as opposed to solid cannon balls), the development of cannon with rifled bores, and the introduction of new construction materials such as wrought iron.

27th June 2012, 14:56
Thanks for the tip....I'll look into that article....for possible future data on a new article ...much, much appreciate the info.