Cannon Balls....

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Mooseman684, May 16, 2008.

  1. Mooseman684

    Mooseman684 G&G Newbie

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    Cannon Balls

    > It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls
    > near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them
    > from rolling about the deck was the problem. The best
    > storage method devised was to stack them as a square based
    > pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on
    > nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon
    > balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the
    > cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the
    > bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others.
    > The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations,
    > called a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the
    > iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the
    > rusting problem was to make Brass Monkeys.
    >
    >
    > Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more
    > and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when
    > the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations
    > would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come
    > right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, cold
    > enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this
    > time, you thought that was a vulgar expression, didn't
    > you? :34:
     
  2. lol someone has a lot of time on their hands
     

  3. Haha. o that was great. did you come up with that?
     
  4. Mooseman684

    Mooseman684 G&G Newbie

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    In ALaska...we KNOW about freezing Balls Off...LOL.
    Rich
     
  5. Windwalker

    Windwalker G&G Newbie

    good info, Mooseman. lol
     
  6. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    i dont even care if thats true or not.
    thanks!
     
  7. sc928porsche

    sc928porsche G&G Newbie

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    How wonderful trivia can be.
     
  8. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    the cruise ship
    QUEEN ELIZABETH II
    gets 6 inches per gallon.
     
  9. Paul T

    Paul T G&G Newbie

    Very insightful...PDF. Wonder why my x really liked Brass Monkies....
     
  10. big boomer

    big boomer G&G Enthusiast

    I learn something every day.