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Cannon Loading In The Eighteenth Century – Fort Rinella, Kalkara, Malta

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In Fort Rinella. Kalkara, Malta, every day, they put on a show of loading and firing cannons, and members of the public are invited (for a fee) to fire them off.The cannon shown are eighteenth century barrels mounted on more modern carriages.

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The uniforms worn by the crew do not match those worn by eighteenth century artillerymen, but these same men were just minutes before performing a Victorian infantry drill, and are still dressed for that.

The loading process shown here is not complete, because it lacks the vital stage of ramming in the ball and wadding.

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The carriages each have a stopper behind them, securely fixed down into the ground, so that they do not recoil backwards dangerously, and since no heavy ball is being fired, there is not nearly so much recoil as there would be in a battle.

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