Animated Artillery - 18th Century Bronze MortarYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
A mortar is the shortest barrel artillery piece, smoothbore, and designed to lob or arc exploding shells, reaching targets behind walls or protective barriers. This particular mortar is made from bronze, and although much more expensive than iron weaponry, the non-rusting properties were preferred in damp and wet environments, such as coastal forts like the Castillo de San Marcos. Bronze weapons were heavier but were able to withstand firing stress better than iron, and had nearly twice the life expectancy. This 15-inch bronze mortar is from Barcelona and dates to 1724. This animation shows how the weaponry is mounted to its carriage.