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An old name for the long 48-pounder gun used in the Royal Navy in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, so-called from the snakes and dragons which were sculptured on it in place of the more usual dolphins. It had a range of about 3,000 paces.

See also warfare at sea.

See also warfare at sea.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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