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This gun is a bronze 21 inch mortar. Made in Barcelona Spain in 1724 and captured in 1898 during the Spanish American War. It now belongs to Yale University and is on indefinite loan to the Castillo.

Mortars differ from cannons in that they loft thier projectile high into the air and drop at very steep angles, hopefully to thier targets. This allows them to strike inside fortifications and onto the decks of ships; unlike cannons that fire at a low angle and are used to attack walls and the hulls of ships. This mortar had a range of 2100 yards, or 1.2 miles.

While the picture is not exactly a work of art, I was impressed by the completeness of the mortor. Most of the time when you see old guns, they are missing much of their harware, and leave many questions about how it was held, aimed and secured. In this case it's seems to have all the pieces and appears to be in very good condition.

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Additional Photos by Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 78 N: 414] (2301)
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