from The Century Dictionary.
- A naval gun-carriage, in use with smooth-bore guns, having no front trucks, the front transom resting directly on the deck of the ship.
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Saw the definition was incorrect so went to: Century Dictionary Online. I was directed to Vol V page 3641 where it clearly states: Marsilly carriage. A navel gun-carriage in use with smooth-bore guns, having no front trucks, the front transom resting directly on the deck of the ship.
The problem is the "trucks" (technical term for wheels on gun carriages) are not on the "rear" of the carriage but on the "front" of the carriage. See line drawings at:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlgren_gun# or click on images at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlgren_gun# to see multiple images of Dahlgren cannons on Marsilly carriages.
January 27, 2016