Recent content by Smithbrown

  1. Very Large solid shot Cannon Ball

    That seems large to be a solid shot. And the casting looks a bit rough.
  2. Tiny gold bible

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-59181714
  3. Kingstown shipwreck

    https://searchlight.vc/press-release/2021/10/29/team-studies-wreck-of-french-frigate-lost-in-kingstown-in-1780/
  4. Bronze cannon site

    I was referring to European cannon only- Asian is quite a different kettle of fish.
  5. Bronze cannon site

    French merchant ships would have Swedish cast- iron guns with wrought-iron swivels until the first couple of decades of the 18th century, when they begin their own iron industry in earnest. Oldest identified cannon are bronze, like the Loshult piece. First technology comes from bell and bronze...
  6. Bronze cannon site

    Do you mean warships or merchant ships?
  7. Bronze cannon site

    You can get both bronze and cast-iron guns on the same wreck- this is typical of the ships of the Dutch East India Company in both the 17th and 18th century.
  8. Update on the Gribshunden

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/extraordinary-500-year-old-shipwreck-rewriting-history-age-discovery-180978825/
  9. Viking ships still causing havoc...

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-58845857
  10. Wrecking history of the Bahamas

    There's a lot about La Rosa in the Royal Gazette of Jamaica July 1816 onwards; in the British Newspaper Archive Home | Search the archive | British Newspaper Archive. The location for the wreck it gives is Abaco.
  11. Wrecking history of the Bahamas

    I did, but the publisher got cold feet.
  12. Who are These People in Vintage Photos?

    No, they are not the present Queen or the late King of the UK.
  13. Wrecking history of the Bahamas

    The cannon was at Woolwich, not the gunfounder. However now, the guns have all left the old Rotunda collection- that one is either in Wiltshire or Fort Amherst in Kent. Of course at Woolwich there was only a brass foundry. Mathews went bankrupt at the American Wars as the government couldn't pay...
  14. Wrecking history of the Bahamas

    The gun with the Z was cast by George Mathews of Calcuts in Shropshire 1770s- 1780s. He supplied guns to the British government and the merchant market, including the East India Company. You might have the word SOLID on the other trunnion, or another Z and a number.
  15. Another Griffin

    For 17th century material dendrochronology is a more reliable dating tool. The National Museum od Denmark dendro-ed the Anholt guns beds- always "said" to be 14th or 15th century, to discover they were c1520s. 93-10.pdf (natmus.dk)
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