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Ordnance QF 14 pounder
On HMVS Cerberus circa. 1900. Note fixed-round cartridge with shell standing at gunner's feet in background.
Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Cerberus
Type Naval gun
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1894-19??
Used by Various countries
Victorian Naval Forces
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed 189?
Manufacturer Maxim-Nordenfelt
Weight 1,638 pounds (743 kg)[1]
Barrel length 135 inches (3.429 m)bore (45 calibres)[1]

Shell separate QF 14 pounds (6.35 kg) or 12.5 pounds (5.67 kg)
Calibre 3-inch (76.2 mm)
Muzzle velocity 2,100 feet per second (640 m/s) (14 lb shell)[2]
Maximum range 8,000 yards (7,320 m) (14 lb shell)

The QF 14 pounder was a 3-inch medium-velocity naval gun used to equip warships for defence against torpedo boats. It was produced for export by Maxim-Nordenfelt (later Vickers, Sons and Maxim) in competition with the Elswick QF 12-pounder 12 cwt and QF 12-pounder 18 cwt guns.

Service[edit | edit source]

The gun equipped ships built in Britain for various foreign navies including Chile.

Victorian Navy service[edit | edit source]

2 guns were mounted on HMVS Cerberus in 1897. In 1900 they were removed, mounted on field carriages and went to China with the Victorian Naval Contingent to confront the Boxer Rebellion. These 2 guns were non-standard and fired QF fixed rounds (i.e. the cartridge was loaded with shell attached) unlike the standard guns which fired separate ammunition (i.e. shell and cartridge loaded as separate items). They were therefor left behind in China in favour of the standard QF 12-pounder.[3]

In Victorian naval service in the 1890s the gun is reported as firing a shell weighing 14 lbs to a range of 8,000 yards with a muzzle velocity of 2100 ft/second, using a 6.5 lb black powder charge.[4]

Victorian coastal artillery[edit | edit source]

14 pounders were used for coastal defence at Fort Nepean, Fort Pearce and Fort Queenscliff.

British ammunition[edit | edit source]

In British service the guns fired the same 3-inch 12.5 lb shell as QF 12-pounder guns.

Cordite Cartridges circa. 1905
Mk II Common pointed shell
Mk II & Mk III Common Lyddite shell
Mk IV Common Lyddite shell with internal night tracer, 1914

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