Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Carronade: A short-barreled limited range gun developed in the 1770s by the Carron Company in Scotland. At short range they were enormously destructive to a ship's timbers. A real ship smasher.
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The addition of carronades was not reflected in the nominal rate of a ship; a 52-gun ship mounting 10 carronades was still designated as a 42.
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