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|A0034...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, English manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern recovered Georgiana blockade runner, lead cup sabot, rifle, 3.67 in.
Projectile was manufactured by the English and exported to the American conflict, either side could purchase them, but primary use was southern. The design follows Britten's English patent, employing a lead cup sabot with a counter bulge or large concave teat that extends beyond the bottom. There is a ring around the nose, purpose is not determined. This tall pattern of Britten was being shipped to the Confederacy on the blockade runner "Georgiana" which was sunk off the coast of South Carolina, all were lost at the time. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 8in. (excluding fuze), weight 17.5lbs. , weight is approximate.
Artillery 3431 Britten bolt from Georgiana 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 120.
Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 8in. (excluding fuze), weight 17.5lbs. The extensive surface damage is due to sea water corrosion, although this one is better than most. Projectile is disarmed, solid iron casting with no cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Georgiana shipwreck.
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