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Mallet's Mortar
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Mallet's Mortar at Fort Nelson
Type siege mortar
Place of origin UK
Service history
Wars unused
Production history
Designer Robert Mallet
Manufacturer C. J. Mare ironworks, Blackwall
Produced 1857
Number built 2
Specifications
Weight 42 long tons (43 t)

Calibre 36 inch (910 mm)
Effective range 1½ miles with 2,400 lb shell

Mallet's Mortar was a British siege mortar built for, but never used, in the Crimean War

The mortar was design by Robert Mallet. It was constructed in sections so that it could be transported.

Shell weight was between 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg) and 2,986 lb. In testing it fired the lighter shell a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 km).

The guns, unused except for testing, have been preserved at the Royal Artillery base in Woolwich and the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson near Portsmouth.[1]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Mallet's Great Mortar". Palmerston Forts Society. http://www.palmerstonforts.org.uk/fortlog/mallet.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-03.  

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