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    I vote for the Cadets. It is a tribute to those who designed , built and manned the gun. I know 'The so much effort spent on death', etc etc, argument, but this is a masterpice of enginnering and craftsmanship.
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    Do you know of any earlier history and use for this gun. I find no reference to it in the book " Great guns; The Artillery History of New Zealand"
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    Beautiful restoration, nicely done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nz2 View Post
    Do you know of any earlier history and use for this gun. I find no reference to it in the book " Great guns; The Artillery History of New Zealand"
    Doug
    I guess it is a naval gun, hence why it belongs to Sea Cadets. I think they were fitted to Destroyers.
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    Default Re: 1916 Vickers 4 Inch Mk IV Restoration

    I think this the type of cartridge it would have used (sorry for the photo quality)?

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    Its not in the Great Guns Book but it may be included in the next one he is doing now ? I sent him some photos before the rebuild started. The history on the gun is not very clear , all I know is that it came to Nelson in the 1960s and the rumor is that it was used for costal defense in Littleton during WW2 but that was just one guys opinion , earlier history gets complicated as its a mixture of 4 different guns made from 1913 to 1918 , I assume this was done during WW2 when someone panicked and obsolete guns were dragged into the workshop and the serviceable parts cobbled together. got it back from the paint shop this morning , the chemical cleaning with deoxidene had dulled the steel a bit but the bronze still looks pretty good.Click image for larger version. 

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    Looking at head stamps, 4 inch, obvious calibre. CF Cordite filled (Full Charge). As for the E,looks like a couple of letters mistruck or worn,. Could that be Elswick Ordnance Company?
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    Default Re: 1916 Vickers 4 Inch Mk IV Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony B View Post
    Looking at head stamps, 4 inch, obvious calibre. CF Cordite filled (Full Charge). As for the E,looks like a couple of letters mistruck or worn,. Could that be Elswick Ordnance Company?
    Here are the other markings on the case. The monogram is COW for Coventry Ordnance Works, the others are probably inspector's markings.

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    Default Re: 1916 Vickers 4 Inch Mk IV Restoration

    Hi,

    I'd never heard of COW, and coming from near Coventry, I looked it up. Wikipedia has a nice entry:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coventry_Ordnance_Works

    Including this picture, is this the same mounting?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covent...WM_Q_30133.jpg

    This 'pull through' is quite unusual too:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covent...RiflingCOW.jpg

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    Prof

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    That makes sense. Late 1800' early 1900's Britian sold a lot of naval ships to other countries. Welcome in Sir, please flip through our Dreadnought catalouge, and for those oh so important accesories....

    One of the guns on the Monitor M33, now at Portsmouth came from an Argentian vessel, built in Britiain , borrowed for WW1 then returned to Argintina, when broken up the gun was offered back for M33.
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