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Gun ID in Frankfort, Michigan

 
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Baldwin



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:32 am    Post subject: Gun ID in Frankfort, Michigan Reply with quote

Attached are several photographs of a gun guarding the port of Frankfort on Lake Michigan. I know nothing about coastal artillery but I'd like to know something about the history of the gun and how it ended up here. The end of the gun has a number of marking that appear to give a year of manufacture, serial number, station. etc; reading clockwise from 12 o'clock:
12 o'clock /149 30lbs/ 1 o'clock /CFK/ 3 o'clock /5 pt star/ 5 o'clock / 1868/ 6 o'clock / PITT/ 8 o'clock /FORT/ 9 o'clock /5 pt. star/ 10 o'clock / No 81/


[img]http://picasaweb.google.com/jantripp/CoastalArtillery#5521768197512176578[/img]

[img]http://picasaweb.google.com/jantripp/CoastalArtillery#5521768210257484018[/img]
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Z-man



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't look like the BB likes the image links you put in - here's the pics.




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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Civil War era Rodman I do believe, no idea on the bore size without my trusty ruler.....
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Info from BW Smith:

10-inch Rodman smoothbore cannon, Registry No. 81. Ordnance Dept. Inspector "C.P.K" (NOT "C.F.K.") Charles Peoble Kingsbury. Manufactured by Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1863, NOT 1868.

For what it is worth, Ft Pitt was paid $0.0975/lb for 20 guns (70-89). This works out to be $1455.675 for the gun.
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