BRIAN KING fires us up!
We did mention the use of steel as a material for barrels early on, but steel as opposed to cast iron and wrought iron, was not made in any quantities until the 1850s after the work of Bessemer and Siemens who both patented steel making methods. Steel is better at withstanding tensile loads which removes the necessity of large chases and longer barrels were no problem. Fig. 4 shows the shape of gun barrels on my model of HMS Camperdown 1885. The difference between Fig. 1 (start of 19th Century) and Fig. 4 (at the end of the 19th Century) shows the progress from cast iron to steel and the use of improved propellant explosives.
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