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A moment of Gunner Zen.

Nothing soothes the heart of the savage gunner like a little self-propelled artillery scooting on by... and if it fires a salute, giving a nice sulfurous whiff of black powder - all the better!

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BOSTON (Oct. 21, 2011) USS Constitution fires a 17-gun salute toward the United States Coast Guard Station Sector Boston to celebrate its 214th launching day anniversary. Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. She defended the sea lanes against threat from 1797 to 1855, much like the mission of today's Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald)

One assume that Princess Crabby (AKA Boston Maggie) was probably present...

8 Comments

Greetings:

How's about a little equal time for the Coasties' USS Eagle ??? 
 
Um, how many guns in the former SSS Horst Wessel 's broadside again?
 
Uhhh... as Horst Wessel...none? 
Eagle probably has a twin 40mm blank firing saluting battery.
 
Sadly, I wasn't.  I'm on a different adventure.  Tomorrow is a #WarOf1812 Conference in Annapolis.  I'll be networking, trying to learn how to best pimp events coming next summer.  So I missed this Old Ironsides event to make future Old Ironsides events bettah.  LOL!

Isn't she beautiful?
 
I'm surprised Joe In Kali isn't here to make a remark or two given his predilictions for front stuffers and black powder.
 
Good point, QM.  They may not be "heavy enough in the muzzle" for him, though.
 
That's right purty, but they cheated on the last refit and used glue-lam knees.

Google seems to think I'm OK and has put my blog back up. In celebration, I emitted a post. 
 
My previous comment hasn't shown up, but I will say to Qm that the preponderance is generally on the breech end of the piece.