Marco asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 3 months ago

What is the name of the cannons "worker" aboard of a vessels of the late 1800s? (like HMS Victory)?

What were the roles of these people? (in movies like "Master and Commander" or "Pirates of the Caribbean", we see 2/3 of thsi people on each cannon). Thank you :)

PS Sorry fot the english

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  • 3 months ago

    It depends on their job.  Gunners were the ones who loaded, and fired the guns.  Armourers fixed them.  Powder monkey were the ones (usually young people) who carried the powder to the guns.  The Artillery still has these peoples, except for the powder monkeys. 

  • 3 months ago

    In the Royal Navy, those that manned the cannons were collectively referred to as the "gun crew" for each individual cannon. 

    Depending upon the ships rating (e.g Ship of the line 1st Rate, 2nd Rate, 3rd Rate etc) that dictated the number and size of cannon onboard and therefore the number of sailors required for each "gun crew", which could be up to 12 men. Every man in the the gun crew was assigned specific tasks with a senior hand known as the "Gun Captain" in charge. He was responsible for seeing that every man did his work, delivering a safely loaded cannon for him to prime, sight and fire.

    The man in charge of the cannons and overseeing all gun crews was a Warrant Officer, the "Gunner", who was responsible for the maintenance of guns and their equipment and the ship's magazines. They made tackle and breeches for guns and made regular inspections during a voyage. Another responsibility was to ensure that powder in the magazines were kept dry. During action they were stationed in the magazine. This rank was one of the five standing officers appointed to a ship.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Also known as, and called, 'cannoneers'. A dictionary site gives four examples below, and although you cite two maritime/sea movies, these from the dictionary look to be land-army based. Still, they could be called by the same word.  A navy might have a slightly different title for that job too, as someone else noted:   

    "Many a cannoneer had sought rest on his back on the march, but none had ventured on so high a perch when going into battle.

    THE STORY OF A CANNONEER UNDER STONEWALL JACKSON|EDWARD A. MOORE

    Being only a cannoneer, I was not supposed to own a horse, so I must be something else.

    THE STORY OF A CANNONEER UNDER STONEWALL JACKSON|EDWARD A. MOORE

    The cannoneer chose the densest red of the advancing mass, and sent the shot straight to the mark.

    IN HOSTILE RED|JOSEPH ALTSHELER

    Captain Flory cried, "Fire the cannon, fire," but the Cannoneer was not there.

    THE JESUIT RELATIONS AND ALLIED DOCUMENTS, VOL. III: ACADIA, 1611-1616|VARIOUS"

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    The group were called the gun crew, in each gun crew there were specific roles. In a well-organised crew each would be trained in the other's roles in order to take over in the event of death or wounds.

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  • 3 months ago

    They were called "cannonists", technically, but they often referred to themselves as "boom-boom guys" or "the easily killed because they're shooting at us as well".

    PS I'm sorry "fot" your English too.

  • 3 months ago

    They were called gunner's mates. The position of Gunner's Mate still exists in the US Navy, though it encompasses a lot more and is far more sophisticated than just loading cannons.

  • snafu
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The gunnery section.

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