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The Cannon was a weapon used on ships in every era of pirates. They were really just a giant more powerful gun. People using the cannons would get a cannonball, put it in the hole in the front of the cannon, fill it with gunpowder, use the ramrod, open the cannon hatchet, puhs it in and aim, light the bomb fuse then it would fire, pull the cannon out, close the hatchet to avoid being hit through it then reapeat. It was a long and tiring process but the damage to the opposing ship was often worth it.

               

Cannonball TypesEdit

Cannon roundshot

 

Round ShotEdit

Round shots were just normal cannonballs, they were the first cannonballs and were just dressed stone,and were used throughout sailing times.

        

Chain ShotEdit

Chain shots were a small cannonball tied together by a chain and would be shot out of the cannon and shot at the mast of the enemy ship to try to make them immobile.

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GrapeshotEdit

Grapeshot is a Anti-personel shot type that is packed into a canvas bag mostly used in naval warfare.

Cannon grape

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Canister shotEdit

Canister shot is another anti-personel shot type, that unlike grapeshot, would fire smaller and wouldn't rip through the hull of the opposing ship.

Canistershot






Swivel GunsEdit

Many ships had swivel guns so you could manuver them better. They would be on a stand and be able to spin around, so you wouldnt have to wait for your target to be in the right spot, and you could turn the cannon.
220px-Lynx swivel gun

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