Sources on naval artillery ca. 1820-1860?

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    I'd be curious to read any material on naval artillery during this period, of any nation. Trying to get some idea of a) what sorts of guns were around and b) how naval artillery evolved during the period after the Napoleonic Wars and before the American Civil War.

    I've been able to find a few books on both Napoleonic and ACW naval arty, so thought it was worth asking for something to fill the gap...
     
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    One book is 'Roundshot and Rammers' which covers a lot of different artillery but does have some naval stuff and IIRC has a pattern for a naval carriage. I don't remember the publisher but it was written by Harold Peterson. I once had it in paperback. Geo.
     
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    In addition to the vast secondary literature, there is a lot of primary source material available, if you know where to look... Archives, maritime museums, naval and maritime history enthusiasts, archaeology, etc.

    Don't know how your Spanish is, but the "laminas" or illustrations are universal. These from the Biblioteca Virtual del Ministerio de Defensa in Spain:
    http://bibliotecavirtualdefensa.es/..._referencia.cmd?campo=idtitulo&idValor=603216

    http://bibliotecavirtualdefensa.es/..._referencia.cmd?campo=idtitulo&idValor=582374

    http://bibliotecavirtualdefensa.es/BVMDefensa/i18n/consulta/registro.cmd?id=4678

    Caruana, A. The History of English Sea Ordnance, 1523-1875, V. II (Boudriot Pubs, 1995)
    Douglas, Naval Gunnery, 1855
    James, Naval History of Great Britain, (Bentley, 1859)
    Napier, Notebook of HMS Excellent (1839)
    Tunstall, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail (1990)

    There are many others, some very technical...
     
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    Death of several cabinet members, and near miss for President John Tyler--six dead total--from the explosion of the so-called "Peacemaker" bow chaser cannon of the USS Princeton 29 February 1844 might allow a figurative "window" in terms of accessibility on the period of great changes in naval ordnance between the age of fighting sail and the age of steam:

    http://web.mit.edu/~sgtist/Public/princeton.pdf

    Kerry S. Walters, Explosion on the Potomac: The 1844 Calamity Aboard the USS Princeton (Charleston: History Press, 2013). https://www.worldcat.org/title/expl...amity-aboard-the-uss-princeton/oclc/854612689
     
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    Hyuzu,
    Just was able to check the forums and saw your post. Here are a few title I would recommend:
    (Already mentioned) Caruana, A. The History of English Sea Ordnance, 1523-1875, V. II (Boudriot Pubs, 1995)
    Tucker, Spencer Arming the Fleet U.S. Navy Ordnance in the Muzzle Loading Era Naval Institute Press 1989 (an excellent book)
    Naval Artillery French navy 1650-1850 Jean Boudriot - Hubert Berti Translated by Fran├žois Fougerat Boudriot Pubs, 2017

    Realize a survey book of all countries' naval ordnance wont go deep, so I recommend researching(in your time period of interest) US, British, and French in depth by country. I hope this helped.
    R.C.
     
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