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|A1708...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Bormann under-plug substituted for fuze, Dahlgren smoothbore, 9 in. |
Ball was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the Navy for the heavy Dahlgren gun. This was a heavy smoothbore gun designed for the monitor class of Federal river gunships, this was one of two guns mounted in the turret. Projectile was originally threaded for a Federal Navy watercap fuze. Apparently some were converted to bolts, the powder was removed or not loaded, and these Bormann underplugs were used to plug the fuze hole, thus converting this hollow ball to a bolt. During the siege of Fort Fisher, the commander ordered his ships to limit fire to bolts while the landing party approached, and this pattern of "bolts" may have been used then. Projectile measures diameter 8.9 in., weight 75 lbs. Bormann underplug fuze is intact. Projectile is disarmed by drill hole through the bottom. Note that upon drilling it was noted that this ball is empty, apparently the powder was removed when this underplug was installed. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 69.
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