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The Naval 6-inch QF Gun saw some limited service during the ABW.

Buller requested that one be landed from H.M.S. Terrible. This gun was mounted on a Scott carriage similar to the 4.7s, and saw action on the Tugela. However its great weight (7 tons) meant that it lacked the manoeuvrability required for quickly evolving battles.

Subsequently, a few guns were mounted on railway carriages, manned by men of the Royal Garrison Artillery.

The 6-inch gun landed from H.M.S. Terrible, photographed at Durban. Top: shortly after completion in the Durban Railways Workshops; bottom: during trials on Durban Beach.

H.M.S. Powerful (c. 1905), showing her starboard casement-mounted 6-inch guns.

One of H.M.S. Powerful's 6-inch Tompion plates

One of the Royal Garrison Artillery's 6-inch guns mounted on a carriage for railway defence. Photograph by Bennett.


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