Couldn't the Royal Navy have invented a place to put that ammo until it should go into the gun? Having the men just standing around on deck cradling heavy shots doesn't seem to engender a positive attitude; at least it doesn't with this lot.
Unknown ship, photo taken before 1931.
Loading a 5-inch gun onboard the American cruiser Marblehead around the time of the Spanish - American war. The text beneath the picture informs us that capable gunners can fire ten shots a minute with such a gun, and that each shot costs 150 dollars, but can bore through 20 inches good steel. Marbl