24 Pound Naval Gun

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The 24-pound naval gun was a versatile cannon used during the Age of Sail in naval warfare. Its name came from the weight of the iron cannonball it fired, approximately 24 pounds. Found on various warships, including frigates and ships of the line, it formed part of a ship's broadside battery, firing volleys at enemy vessels to inflict damage. Skilled gun crews operated the cannons, loading, aiming, and firing them in coordinated maneuvers. However, with the advent of steam-powered ironclad ships and modern artillery, the 24-pound naval gun became obsolete, marking the end of its prominent role in naval combat. (Submitted by Kelli Seeman-Smith)