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“I have double your bodily substance; but if I went on as you do — you remember the twenty-four-pounder old Hotcoppers put into the launch, and fired it, in spite of all I could say to him?”
“The battery already possessed six long-barrelled twenty-four-pounder guns that had been fetched ashore from a ship of the line; now it was being equipped with as many mortars.”
“A twenty-four-pounder cannon lay on its side, trapping a screaming man.”
“The Midshipman scrambled up the companionway to the weather deck that shook from the recoil of its twenty-four-pounder guns.”
“Still the Pucelle closed the gap until at last Captain Chase had the tompion pulled from the barrel of his forward larboard twenty-four-pounder.”
“These'll win it for us, sir, " a man said, slapping the breech of his twenty-four-pounder on which someone had chalked the message -a pill for Boney.”
“Some of the cattle were beeves, being herded and slaughtered for food, some were oxen that carried panniers filled with the eighteen - and twenty-four-pounder cannonballs that would be needed to blast a hole through the walls of Seringapatam, while yet others were bullocks that hauled the wagons and guns, and the heaviest guns, the big siege pieces, needed sixty bullocks apiece.”
“The big eighteen - and twenty-four-pounder guns would hammer away until the older outer wall collapsed to leave a ramp-like breach.”
“I've seen twenty-four-pounder shots bounce off mud like currants off a suet pudding.”
“The armament of this privateer consisted of one long twenty-four-pounder and twelve heavy carronades.”
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