Practicing with a 5 inch gun on board ship in Charlestown Navy Yard
Practicing with a 5 inch gun on board ship in Charlestown Navy Yard. In practice with the 5 inch gun a wooden dummy shell is used and a ramrod the length of the gun is shoved through the breech. A sailor then crawls out on the gun and ties a rope to the ramrod. After each shot, the rope is pulled back thus ejecting the shell.
Weapons: Guns, Cannon
Naval History and Heritage Command