More on Cannon Salutes

3rd New Hampshire Regiment readying the Cannon

3rd New Hampshire Regiment readying the Cannon

As we previously posted, cannon salutes will be fired as the Parade of Sail rounds Bug Light. Here is more on the cannon – a reproduction of a British 3-pounder, a type of cannon used during the Revolutionary War – that will fire the land salute. 

“ These cannons were built to be light, and because they were light weight, approximately 700 pounds as opposed to the previous standard field gun weighing approximately 1,500 pounds, they could be man-handled over obstacles where the larger gun would need well-made roads and bridges.  The standard charge was 8 ounces of course black powder behind a canister round; the canister round consisted of a tin can filled with 32 1 inch iron balls. When the canister was fired the can split apart allowing the iron balls to spread out to form a devastating effect. Solid 3 pound iron balls could also be fired. “

If you are interested in reading more about this cannon and the re-enactment society that owns it, check out the website of the New Hampshire 3rd Regiment, for more great photos and history.  http://www.freewebs.com/3rdnewhampshire/