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This is interesting to read. Yall really know your stuff.
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To make the cost point further the cost of iron kept falling as mining and refining techniques improved and bronze became more expensive as copper and tin became scarcer. By 1670 iron in Britain was 18 per ton and bronze was 150 per ton. As tin was still relatively available in Britain bronze is likely to have been even more expensive in continental Europe. If a ship were to be fitted out with bronze cannon the guns would cost more than the ship. Bronze was used only where guns were small and weight was important - such as swivels in fighting tops. Although bronze is heavier than iron thinner barrel walls and hence lighter guns could be made.

By the 1700s Britain and Sweden were major exporters of iron cannon and by 1770 bronze cannon had largely vanished from naval ships except for the occasional prestige piece which the crew who had to keep it polished would hate.
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As Mark V has mentioned, en passant, one of the most destructive and successful cannons deployed by Nelson's Royal Navy was the Carronade which takes its name from the River Carron in Stirlingshire, Scotland where the Carron Iron Company (founded in 1759) was located on the banks of the River Carron hence to the dubbing of the cannon they patented and manufactured in their Stirilngshire iron works as ''Carronades''
The Carron Iron company, although it had long given up manufacturing the cannons that brought ther Royal Navy its victories in the 18th /early19th centuries only became redundant in the later 20th century.
The site of the Carron Iron Works where the carronade cannon were born, is now a recognised historical site.
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Please also note that no less a personage than the ''Iron Duke' himself -Wellington- opined that ALL cannons used in the British Army should be made by the Carron Iron company such was that Stirlingshire company's reputation for producing A-1 cannons.
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