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SIMON’S TOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

FOUNDED IN 1960

TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT OUR HERITAGE


REGISTERED AS A CONSERVATION BODY

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     9 Inch RIFLED MUZZLE LOADING (RML) GUN
MIDDLE NORTH BATTERY SIMON’S TOWN
The gun was designed in 1865 as a broadside gun for  ironclad ships and harbour seafront defence. A total of 190 were made. The gun was last fired in 1903.. This gun was first mounted in Halifax Nova Scotia until 1878, then at Bermuda until 1881 and then at Sheerness England until 1885. It was mounted at Middle North Battery Simon's Town in 1896 where it still exists.The gun, carriage, slide and mounting were restored in the East Dockyard Gun Shop in 1984
9 inch bore(228.6mm) gun manufactured in 1855/1856. Muzzle loading gun. Barrel is rifled with 6 grooves, the only gun manufactured with this number of grooves. 9 inch shells had 6 rectangular lead protrusions that engaged with the barrel grooves to impart spin and thus stabilise the shell during flight.
Cast steel gun barrel (Mk1) with wrought iron forged breech piece, cascable and trunnion, supported on fabricated steel gun carriage, slide and mounting.
FIRING SCHEDULE 2017


17 Mar    Fri.    12H00 (Navy Festival)

18 Mar    Sat.   12H00 & 20H00 (Navy                       Festival)

19 Mar.   Sun.  12H00 (Navy Festival)

27 April   Thu.  12H00 (Freedom Day)

16 June   Fri.    12H00 (Youth Day)

24 Sept.  Sun. 12H00 (Heritage Day)

11 Nov.   Sat.  11H00 (Armistice  Day)

16 Dec.   Sat.  12H00 (Day of Reconciliation)