Museum Philadelphia

Pivotmounted 11inch 280mm Dahlgren Smoothbore

280mm Dahlgren Gun

To befall a naval officer was the oversight of a gun and its crew. Many different types of gun entered service with the U.S. Navy, but the larger rifles and smoothbores such as this Dahlgren 11-inch were the most likely to be found aboard sea-going sloops and cruisers. This gun weighed some 16,0001b 8 US tons 7,258kg and could hurl a 1301b 59kg shell nearly a mile. The rate of fire varied from rapid two minutes per shot to sustained three minutes per shot , the gun being aimed by means of a...