Talk:QF 13-pounder 6 cwt AA gun

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13 Pounder Naval Gun[edit]

I came across this page which says that WWI Royal Navy motor launches were fitted with a 13 pounder gun on a naval pedestal mounting. This looks rather different to the QF 13 pounder 6 cwt AA gun. The page goes on to say that they were removed from MLs and mounted on Defensivly Armed Merchant Ships. An example of one was indeed recovered from a sunken merchant ship in 1982 and now stands on dispaly at Scarborough harbour. Does anyone know the official designation of this naval gun? We should at least mention it in this article, if not give it a seperate page. Alansplodge (talk) 13:36, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

That is definitely a 13-pounder in your linked article. Weird, I wouldn't have thought it would have been much use as a naval gun. If you can dig up any more authoritative info, the place to refer to the gun's naval deployment would not be here, as this article is specifically about the AA mounting, but in Ordnance QF 13 pounder. Rcbutcher (talk) 13:53, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
A bit more info found after a long seach: The British Submarine Warfare: How the German Submarine Menace Was Met and Vanquished by Charles W. Domville-Fife, 2010 Quote: "The armament of a motor launch consisted of a 13-pounder quick-firing high-angle gun, capable of throwing a lyddite shell for over four miles, and was as useful against aircraft as it was against submarines." (page 29). So it sounds as though it was the AA version. Alansplodge (talk) 19:44, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
I'm always a little dubious about text like that : it would have been of limited value in either role at sea due to its relatively low velocity compared to a specialised naval or anti-aircraft gun. However, the photos you link to do indeed show it on a high-angle mounting... well spotted, and definitely worthwhile including in both articles ! It would be worth contacting the author of the photo on Flickr to get it released into Public Domain so we can use it in Wiki... I believe to old WWI photos will be Crown Copyright originally and hence now in Public Domain, so we can use them. regards, Rod. Rcbutcher (talk) 03:18, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
Have added a section at Ordnance QF 13 pounder#13 pounder 6 cwt QF Mark V naval gun. Alansplodge (talk) 20:00, 10 May 2012 (UTC)