USS Cairo Reproduction Canon Carriage Hardware

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I made 839 pieces of reproduction hardware for 11 canon carriages. The National Park Service HPTC woodshop did all of the wood work and installed my hardware onto the carriages.  

The canon carriages that were on display on the USS Cairo were the only original naval canon carriages from the Civil War era. The reproductions were placed on display so the originals could be brought into the museum and an archival facility. 

The carriages hold 8,000lb guns that were manned by a 12 man crew. There were two steam driven capstans used to move the guns into firing and reloading positions.


Here is an assembled carriage before being shiped to Vicksburg, Mississippi.

This is a capsquare assembly with the associated hardware. The capsquare was forged out of one piece. The ends were folded over and forge welded. The arch is at a 2.5 degree angle to match the taper of the barrel.

This is a breeching shackle and pin. The shank on the breeching shackle was forge welded on.

The hardware for the capsquare is on the top and the two sizes of loops used on the carriages are on the bottom. The loops are forge welded closed.



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