SBBL 32 pounder
The SBBL 32 pounder was a smooth bore breech loading gun made by converting older 32 pounder 42 cwt smooth bore muzzle loaders. The conversion was first suggested in 1879 with the guns being issued over the following few years. They were used in caponiers to provide flanking fire to fortifications. In this role they fired case shot and had a range of up to about 500 yards. They were originally assigned a crew of 6 but this was latter reduced to 4. Since the role of flank defence was considered to be of limited importance there was considerable delay in mounting the guns.
The Saluting Battery in Valletta, Malta was equipped with SBBL 32 pounders from 1906 to 1927. In 2011, eight working replicas were installed in the battery when it was being restored. The guns are now fired twice every day.
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- Diagram, photographs and data at Victorian Forts and Artillery website
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