Mantlets

Early design for a Hydropneumatic Disappearing mounting for the 6-inch B.L. gun

Mantlet bars at Landguard Fort

Early design for a Hydropneumatic Disappearing mounting for the 6-inch B.L. gun
Early design for a Hydropneumatic Disappearing mounting for the 6-inch B.L. gun

12.5-inch RML with replica mantlet at Hurst Castle

Mantlet fittings in Fort Camden: Ireland (Photo Dag Schmidtke)

Mantlet fittings in Fort Camden: Ireland (Photo Dag Schmidtke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casemate fittings

 

Mantlets

 

 

Mantlets are made of interwoven rope and are hung up behind all ironwrok to prevent rivet heads or such like flying into the work if the exterior of the shield is struck by shells. The are able to resist a martini-henry bullet so that it can pass through but with hardly any remaining velocity. They are designed to suit each individual shield and therefore vary in shape. The pieces close to the gun are moveable, being hung from a bar so that they can be pushed close up against the gun at any degree of traning. Mantlets are soaked in chloride of calcium to prevent their being ignited by the blast of the gun.

 

Early design for a Hydropneumatic Disappearing mounting for the 6-inch B.L. gun Early design for a Hydropneumatic Disappearing mounting for the 6-inch B.L. gun

Replica Mantlets at Landguard Fort

 

 

 

 

Moncrieff's early design for a B.L. H.P. disappearing mounting

 

Drawing of the mantlets as fitted in Fort Gilkicker, Gosport, Hampshire (Portsmouth defences)