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|A0119...Rifled artillery projectile, Schenkl design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, short
pattern with rounded grooved base, paper sleeve sabot, Schenkl percussion fuze,
Dahlgren 30 pounder rifle, 4.4 in. Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals, following the design of
John P. Schenkl. The sabot system consisted of a "forcing cone" paper
sleeve, which was intended to expand into the rifling, then flutter away on
release. Problems with the paper absorbing moisture or swelling and
blocking passage of the flame on firing rendered it impractical with time fuzes
and so it saw limited application. This pattern with grooves in a rounded
tail, was intended for Navy use with the Dahlgren 30 pounder rifle. This
early pattern was apparently field tested at Port Hudson, then rejected.
It is a "common" or standard round and will not be filled with balls,
and with a percussion fuze it was designed to detonate after striking enemy
cannon or equipment.
Fuze employed was the Schenkl Navy percussion fuze, removable cap had a slider
and percussion cap, head is 1.4in, 12 threads per inch, marked: "JP
SCHENKL / PAT OCT 16 1861", Jones pg. 102, top of
hole is milled flat.
Reference: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 364.
Projectile measures: diameter 4.38in., length 9.2in. (excluding the fuze), weight 15.8lbs. Schenkl percussion fuze is intact and removable. Projectile is disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana.
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