Skip to main content

Cannon of Muhammed II, cast A.H. 868 (A.D. 1464): General View [1860s], 1860 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011A/27

Scope and Contents

257 x 192 mm. General view of the two parts of the gun from the side. An accompanying letterpress reads: 'This great piece of ordnance formed part of the arsenal of the Castle of Asia at the mouth of the Dardanelles, and was presented to Her Majesty by Sultan Abdul Aziz Khan, 1866. It is now in the Museum of Artillery, Woolwich. Length, 17 feet; diameter of powder chamber, 10 inches; diameter of bore, 25 inches; weight, 18 tons 14 cwt 3 qrs. The stone shot each weigh 670 lbs nearly. An inscription near the vent states that the weight of the shot is 240 okes = 679 lbs, powder due 17½ okes = 49.5 lbs. Degrees, 3.' The photograph is probably by War Dept. Photo. Estab.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1869

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, some fading in from edges.

Related Materials

For other photographs of the Cannon, see Y3011A/26 and Y3011A/28-29.



Finding aid date

2003-03-26 17:06:47+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom