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Artillery of The Victorian Forts

Traversing Platforms


The following information is taken from 'A Handbook of Military Terms' by David Moore

 

Traversing Platform.
Wooden or metal platform, sometimes called a slide, which supports a gun and its carriage and which can be traversed on racer tracks. Heavy R.M.L.s from the 7-inch 6½ tons to the 12.5-inch 38 tons could be mounted on Dwarf or Casemate platforms, the same carriage being employed.

 

Casemate Platform.
A slide, or traversing platform, lower than the dwarf for use in casemates where the height of the parapet is 2ft. 3ins to 3ft. 6 ins. The casemate slide is only used with A pivot racers. The 16ft. slide fires over a sill 2ft. 7 inches high.

 

Dwarf Platform.
A traversing platform, higher than the casemate variety, permitting the gun to fire over a parapet of 4ft. 3 inches above the racers. It is used with R.M.L.s on A, C or D pivots.

 

Carriage
The cradle in which the gun sits. The carriage is mounted on the traversing platform and generally is free to slide up and down it.

 

Revised nomenclature for Platforms.

The following nomenclature for platforms and carriages for rifled Muzzle Loading 7-inch 6½ ton gun for 6ft. parapet, and 40 pr.: B.L. 40-pr. and 20 pr; also S.B.B.L. 32pr. and all medium guns has been approved instead of that hitherto employed.

Platform Traversing Medium No.1 Iron.
Breech loading 7-inch 82 cwt. 4ft. 3in parapet
for carriage no.1 converted slide
Platform Traversing Medium No.2. Iron.
Breech loading 7-inch 82 cwt. 3ft. 6in parapet
for carriage no.1 converted slide
Platform Traversing Medium No.3. Iron.
Breech loading 7-inch 82 cwt 2ft. 7in parapet
for carriage no.1 converted slide
Platform Traversing Medium No.4. Iron.
Breech Loading 40 pr.
for carriage no.4
Platform Traversing Medium No.5. Iron.
Breech loading 20 pr.
for carriage no.5
Platform Traversing Medium No.6. Iron.
Smooth Bore B.L. 32 pr.
for carriage no.6
Platform Traversing Medium No.7. Iron.
Rifled Muzzle Loading 7-inch 6½ tons 6ft. parapet
for carriage no.7
Platform Traversing Medium No.8. Iron.
Rifled Muzzle Loading 64 pr. 64 cwt Mk III gun 6ft. parapet
for carriage no.8
Platform Traversing Medium No.9. Iron.
Rifled Muzzle Loading 64 pr. 64 cwt 5ft. 6ins parapet
for carriage no.9
Platform Traversing Medium No.10. Iron.
Rifled Muzzle Loading 40 pr.
for carriage no. 14
Platform Traversing Medium No.11. Wood.
Breech Loading 7-inch 82 cwt.
Rifled Muzzle Loading 64 pr. 71 cwt. & 58 cwt. 4ft. 3 in parapet
for iron carriages no.2, 10 & 13. 13ft. 2ins long
Platform Traversing Medium No.12. Wood.
Breech Loading 7-inch 82cwt. Rifled Muzzle Loading 64 pr. 71 cwt. & 58 cwt. 3ft. 6 in parapet
for iron carriages no.2, 10 & 13. 13ft. 2ins long.
Platform Traversing Medium No.13. Wood.
Breech Loading 7-inch 82cwt, Rifled Muzzle Loading 64 pr. 71 cwt. 3ft. 6 in parapet
for iron carriages nos 3 & 11, 11ft. long
Platform Traversing Medium No.14. Wood.
Breech Loading 7-inch & 40 pr. Rifled Muzzle Loading; 80 pr. 5 tons; 64 pr. R.M.L. 58cwt. gun; - casemate or Haxo casemate
also for all smooth bore guns casemate
for wood carriages nos 15, 19 & 21, 16ft. long.
Platform Traversing Medium No.15. Wood.
Breech Loading 7-inch 72 cwt. converted slide
for wood carriages no. 18
Platform Traversing Medium No.16. Wood.
Breech Loading 7-inch Rifled Muzzle Loading; 80pr. 5 tons; 64 pr. dwarf
for wood carriages nos 16, 17, 22 & 33 , 16ft. long.
Platform, Traversing, Medium No.17. Wood.
Breech Loading 40 pr. also for all smooth bore guns, dwarf
for all wood carriages nos 20, 23 & 24 16 ft. long
Platform, Traversing, Medium No. 18. Wood,
Rifled, Muzzle Loading 80 pr. 5 tons; 64 pr. 71 cwt & 58 cwt. 6ft. parapet
for wood carriage nos 22, 23 & 24 16ft. long
Platform, Traversing, Medium No. 19. Wood,
Rifled, Muzzle Loading 64 pr. 71 cwt, 2ft. 7in parapet
for iron carriage no.12, 13ft. 2in long

 

Revised nomenclature for Carriages

Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 1. Iron.
B.L. 7 inch, 82 cwt., 4 feet 3 inch, 3feet 6 inch or 2 feet 7 inch parapet
for platforms nos. 1,2, and 3 (converted naval rifled M.L., 7 inch, 6½ tons)
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 2. Iron
B.L. 7 inch 82 cwt., 4 feet 3 inch or 3 feet 6 inch parapet
for platforms nos. 11 and 12.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 3. Iron
B.L. 7 inch 82 cwt., 3 feet 6 inch parapet
for 11 feet platform no. 13
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 4. Iron
B.L. 40 pr.
for platform no.4

Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 5. Iron
B.L. 20 pr.
for platform no.5
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 6. Iron
S.B.B.L. 32 pr. for platform no.6
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 7. Iron
Rifled M.L., 7 inch 6½ tons, 6 feet parapet
for platform no.7
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 8. Iron
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 64 cwt., Mark III gun 6 feet 6 parapet
for platform no. 8.

Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 9. Iron
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 64 cwt., 5 feet 6 inch parapet
for platform no. 9.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 10. Iron
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 71 cwt., 4 feet 3 inch parapet
for platforms nos. 11 and 12.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 11. Iron
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 71 cwt., 3 feet 6 inch parapet
for 11 feet platform no. 13.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 12. Iron
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 71 cwt., 2 feet 7 inch parapet
for platform no. 19.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 13. Iron
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 58 cwt., 4 feet 3 inch or 3 feet 6 inch parapet
for platforms nos. 11 and 12.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 14. Iron
Rifled M.L., 40 pr.
for platform no. 10.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 15. Wood
B.L., 7 inch., 82 cwt., casemate
for platform no. 14.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 16. Wood
B.L., 7 inch., 82 cwt., dwarf
for platform no. 16.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 17. Wood
B.L., 7 inch., 72 cwt., dwarf
for platform no. 16.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 18. Wood
B.L., 7 inch., 72 cwt., (converted naval)
for platform no. 15.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 19. Wood
B.L., 40 pr., casemate
for platform no. 14.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 20. Wood
B.L., 40 pr., dwarf
for platform no. 17.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 21. Wood
Rifled M.L., 80 pr., 5 tons, casemate, also S.B. 68 pr., 95 cwt.,
for platform no. 14.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 22. Wood
Rifled M.L., 80 pr., 5 tons, dwarf,
for platforms no.s 16, 17 and 18
also S.B. 68 pr., 95 cwt.,
for platform no. 17.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 23. Wood
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 78 cwt., dwarf,
for platforms no.s 16, and 18
also S.B. 8 inch., 65 cwt., or 60 cwt.,
for platform no. 17.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 24. Wood
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 58 cwt., dwarf,
for platforms no.s 16, and 18
also S.B. 32 pr., 58 cwt., or 56 cwt.,
for platform no. 17.
Carriage Garrison Sliding Medium No. 25. Wood
Rifled M.L., 64 pr., 58 cwt., casemate and Haxo,
for platforms no. 14.