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Gun Carriage

A gun carriage is the wooden cradle in which a cannon rests. Naval carriages in the early 18th century consisted of two solid wooden cheeks and a bed, with solid axles and wheels (or trucks) to move the cannon back to the gun port after firing recoil pushes it backwards. A wooden wedge known as a quoin block would have been used to adjust the breech (back) of the cannon for aiming. Evidence of these carriages on the Queen Anne’s Revenge site consists of a handful of capsquares, which are iron straps used to hold the trunnions of the cannon in place on the carriage, as well as a variety of iron tackle and rope consisting of iron eye hooks, deadeye straps, and bolts used in both the structure and maneuvering of the carriage. Crowbars were also used to move the carriage and gun resting on it.

Updated 03/14/18 Stephen Atkinson