qsy-complains-a-lot: Greener-type Peterhead N…

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Greener-type Peterhead No.5 whaling gun

Manufactured in Peterhead c.late 19th century.
Percussion muzzle-loader firing a steel harpoon, swivel mount, pistol grip, hinged and latched brass cover protecting the large hammer with two percussion nipples to reliably set off the large gunpowder charge, brass beluga decorative plate.

These monstrous boat-mounted guns would fire special harpoon that allows a line to be anchored to it, with its fittings sliding down the harpoon’s shaft as it exits the barrel before being carried away into some unfortunate sea mammal.