16pr RML
32pr SBBL
64pr RML
7-inch RBL
13-inch Mortar
2.95 QF
Siege Platform

 

32pr. S. B. B. L. Gun

A conversion from the 32 pr. SB gun of 42 cwt. cast iron 97.6 inches long: weight 42 cwt. carriage 14 cwt. 1 qtr (.9 ton) slide 13 cwt (.7 ton) Interrupted screw thread breech mechanism:
Gun crew 1 Captain and 6 gun numbers (1885 drill) or 1 captain and 5 gun numbers (1898 drill when using fixed ammunition)
Range 500 yards point blank
Charge 3lbs. R.L.G.3 Silk cloth no.1 class hooped with silk braid and choked with silk twist.
Projectile case shot - made of sheet iron in three segments. It contains 730 mixed metal balls 16 per lb the interstices being filled with powdered clay and sand.
Intended for use in flanks and caponiers. It fires over a parapet of 2ft. 3-inches with 10 degrees of elevation and 15 degrees of depression. Maximum recoil is 1ft. 8inches. The pattern was submitted for approval in 1882 although it was decided upon in 1878. 269 were required for the defences but in 1882 15 were manufactured. It was decided that as the flank defence was the least important part connected with the armament of a fortress any smoothbore gun of small field calibre would suffice. No more were therefore to be made without special orders.By 1885 Crownhill Fort received 14 x 32 prs as part of it's peace-time armaments. In 1890 and 1891 trials took place at plymouth to discover the efficiency of the breech mechanism. A rate of fire of four rounds in 32 seconds was achieved.

By 1913 some of the obsolete 32pdrs were placed as saluting batteries, with seven guns each, at Dover, Coalhouse and Amherst. Another was situated at Gibraltar.

The 32pr Saluting Battery at Valetta, Malta has now been replaced with full working order replicas by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna - National Heritage Foundation. Seven 32pr SBBL guns were acquired by the Royal Armouries for display at Fort Nelson, where four can been seen in the North Caponier of the fort. Two more are at Crownhill Fort Plymouth.

 

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Fort Nelson: PAV & 32pr SBBL

32pr SBBLs at Valetta Malta

Fort Nelson: PAV & 32pr SBBL

32pr SBBL at Fort Nelson (D.Tabner)

Fort Nelson: PAV & 32pr SBBL

32pr SBBL at Fort Nelson (D.Tabner)

 

The 32pr S.B.B.L.


32pr SBBL in the North caponier at Fort Nelson

 

The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr. SBBL in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson.

 

 

The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr S.B.B.L. in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson: Pulling back the gun The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr S.B.B.L. in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson: Loading the gun The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr S.B.B.L. in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson: Traversing the gun

 

 

The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr S.B.B.L. in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson: December 2008 The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr S.B.B.L. in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson: December 2008 The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing the 32pr S.B.B.L. in the North Caponier at Fort Nelson: December 2008

 

 

32pr S.B.B.L on casemate platform Medium No.6 with carriage no.6


Download a data pamphlet on the 32pr.SBBL gunpdf

 

 

32pr SBBL somewhere in Milford Haven circa 1917 (photograph supplied by Paulson Photography) Saluting Battery of seven 32pr S.B.B.L. guns on Kings Bastion, Gibraltar in 1920

32pr SBBL in one of the forts of at Milford Haven circa 1917

A saluting battery of seven 32pdr SBBL guns at Kings Bastion Gibraltar in 1920

A saluting battery of seven 32pdr SBBL guns at Kings Bastion, Gibraltar. A saluting battery of seven 32pdr SBBL guns at Plymouth.

A saluting battery of seven 32pdr SBBL guns at Kings Bastion, Gibraltar.

A saluting battery of seven 32pdr SBBL guns at Plymouth

An old 32pr SBBL mounted as a Time Gun at Edinburgh The new battery of replicas at Valetta, Malta.

An old 32pr SBBL mounted as a Time Gun at Edinburgh

The new battery of replicas at Valetta, Malta.