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  • Both guns are approximately 18-pounders of mid 19th century manufacture and are 9 feet 4 inches and 10 feet long respectively.

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  • The ten 18-pounders on the port side of the Serapis were in perfect working order, however, and they were manned by crews who had relentlessly practiced loading and firing.

    John Paul Jones

  • Jones grimly took the measure of the black iron muzzles that thrust out: among her forty-four guns, HMS Serapis had a battery of twenty 18-pounders, ten to a side.

    John Paul Jones

  • The remaining 18-pounders were useless, made unreliable by age and poor casting.

    John Paul Jones

  • The British ship carried twenty 18-pounders, twenty-two 9-pounders, and two 6-pounders; it could fire a broadside of 285 pounds.

    John Paul Jones

  • The American ship had six 18-pounders, twenty-eight 12-pounders, and six 9-pounders; it could fire a broadside of 265 pounds.

    John Paul Jones

  • He decided that the vessel could be pierced for forty guns, six 9-pounders on the quarterdeck, twenty-eight 12-pounders on the gun deck, and six 18-pounders on the lower deck, just above the powder magazine at the stern of the ship.

    John Paul Jones

  • Jones tried to lighten his sinking ship by ordering the useless old 18-pounders thrown over the side.

    John Paul Jones

  • Jones had his doubts about the reliability of his own half-dozen 18-pounders, which were old.

    John Paul Jones

  • Like No. 1, it was formed in two parts, the right half being intended for seven heavy howitzers and two 18-pounders, and the left for nine

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  • Ouch. *crossing legs*

    February 21, 2007

  • Also a really, really, *ridiculously* large baby.

    February 21, 2007

  • Large guns, so called because of the weight of their ammunition (18-pound shot). One of the largest guns used in land battles in the eighteenth century; more commonly used in siege warfare or naval battles.

    February 21, 2007