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On the English coast, Sir William Armstrong's latest heavy cannon undergoes successfully tests

Britain and British Affairs, iconic image
11/19/1863
Sir William Armstrong tested for the first time his new 600 pounder cannon on the English coast at Shoeburyness.  The twenty-two ton weapon was designed to fire a 13.2 inch shell over a distance of  six miles. During the test, the range was set at around 4000 yards and the giant cannon, served by twenty men, performed well, firing both shot and shell.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"A Monster Gun: Trial of Sir William Armstrong's six-hundred pounder," New York Times, December 5, 1863, p. 1. 

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