Canister was used in the 1871 action. The nine-inch guns shot canisters that had 230 1.30" metal balls, weighing 65 pounds, arranged in a 9.50" high case. The 12-pdr. howitzer shot canisters that had 89 1.00" metal balls, weighing 5.85 pounds, arranged in a 5.00" high case. Information from "The Civil War: Reports of Armaments on board Vessels of War of the United States Navy," by Duane D. Borchers, Sr.
Illustration from "Weapons: An International Encyclopedia From 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D." by The Diagram Group
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