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  • In St. Domingo about four score, whereof was very much great ordnance, as whole cannon, demi-cannon, culverins, and such like.

    Summarie and true discourse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian voyage

  • The magazines of the English fleet were all but empty, its "cannon, demi-cannon, sakers, and falconets" doomed to useless silence, food and water short in supply, and much sickness among the tired crews, who were complaining that they were badly fed and that the beer was undrinkable.

    Famous Sea Fights From Salamis to Tsu-Shima

  • He added that the main entrance to the place was strongly fortified, and protected by a half company of fifty men with eight brass demi-cannon.

    On the Spanish Main Or, Some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien.

  • Abel Keeling was one of the new men, the men who swore by the line-ahead, the broadside fire of sakers and demi-cannon, and weeks and months without a landfall.

    Widdershins

  • The demi-cannon, which was the largest gun carried on ships of the time, was 6.5 inches by

    A History of Sea Power

  • Behind these, masked in the brush on the edge of the forest, four demi-cannon with gunners to serve them, foremost of whom was

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • So he said to me Benvenuto, if you think that you could hit that wall an ells breadth from the sun with your demi-cannon here, I believe you would be doing a good stroke of business, for there is a great commotion there, and men of much importance must probably be inside the house.

    The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • So he said to me “Benvenuto, if you think that you could hit that wall an ell’s breadth from the sun with your demi-cannon here, I believe you would be doing a good stroke of business, for there is a great commotion there, and men of much importance must probably be inside the house.

    XXXVI

  • The ‘whole cannon’ had a bore of 8 inches, and carried a shot of 60 lb.; the ‘demi-cannon’ 6.5, shot 30 lb.; the culverin 5.5 inches, shot 18 lb.

    Drake’s Great Armada

  • In the port ride two caravels -- eighty tons, no more -- and their greatest gun a demi-cannon.

    Sir Mortimer

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