The Guns that Won the Battle

The Guns that Won the Battle (HM151C)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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N 39° 15.814', W 76° 34.716'

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The gun deck in front of you is a partial representation of the forts 1814 Water Battery. Made up of 26 cannons in two tiers, the Water Battery comprised the fort's primary means of defense.

The Cannons that stood here fired shot weighing 18 and 36 pounds almost a mile and a half. Heated cannonballs known as "hot shot" proved especially devastating to wooden ships.

During most of the battle the British kept their distance to avoid the return fire of the fort.As a result, most of their bombs and rockets missed the target. By dawn's early light on September 14, the British withdrew, unwilling to come within range of the fort's guns.

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French 36 Pounder Naval Gun
Weight 10,000 pounds
Velocity 1,600 feet per second
Charge 12 pounds of black powder
Penetrationof oak at 400 yards 42 inches
Crew 21
Maximum effective range 1.5 miles
An artist's rendering of the upper and lower Water Batteries. The hot shot furnaces can be seen behind them.

HM NumberHM151C
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:22pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363811 N 4347213
Decimal Degrees39.26356667, -76.57860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.814', W 76° 34.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 48.84" N, 76° 34' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1451-1467 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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