Tudor breech loading cannon

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Tudor breech loading cannon

This early 16th century cast iron, breech-loading cannon is the only one of its kind in Wales. It is designed to be carried on a ship of war and fired through a gun port on the side of the hull. Gun carriages of this type were normally made of oak. This one, however, is from the wood of the breadfruit tree, suggesting that at some time the carriage was replaced possibly in the Pacific. The Tenby gun is very similar to those found on Henry VIII's flagship, Mary Rose. It has the marks of the Royal Armory and the gun makers initials carved into the gun bed. Before its donation to the museum in the 19th century the gun's history was and remains, a mystery.

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