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Title: Characterization of a 12-pdr wrought-iron cannonball from the Akko 1 shipwreck

The Akko 1 shipwreck, discovered in Akko harbor, Israel, is the remains of an eastern Mediterranean brig built at the beginning of the 19th century. Among other finds, eleven cannonballs were found in the shipwreck and three of them were retrieved. Two of the cannonballs, the 9- and 24-pdrs, have been studied previously. The present study of the 12-pdr cannonball included γ-rays radiographic testing, XRF analysis, density measurements, optical microscopy and SEM-EDS observation, OES analysis and microhardness tests. The investigation included characterization of the composition, microstructure and slag analysis. The results revealed a quite homogenous microstructure of α-ferrite phase, with glassy, wüstite and fayalite slags, as typical for a wrought-iron—annealed product, a more complicated and an earlier technology, compared to the 9- and 24-pdr that were made of cast-iron. Ferritic cannonballs are extremely rare, especially in the 19th century, when cannonballs were manufactured of cast iron by the sand casting process. The different manufacturing methods may indicate a different place of fabrication, and an apparently earlier production date for the 12-pdr, which might have even been used as ballast. - Highlights: • Three cannonballs were retrieved from the 19th century Akko 1 shipwreck. • The 12-pdr differs from the 9-more » and 24-pdr cannonballs previously studied. • The 12-pdr was made of high quality annealed wrought-iron, not of cast-iron. • The technology used indicates a date earlier than the middle of the 19th century. • Perhaps the 12-pdr belonged to another navy than the other two or used as ballast.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1]
  1. Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa 31905 (Israel)
  2. Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv 69978 (Israel)
  3. Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva 84105 (Israel)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22285090
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 83; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AGE ESTIMATION; CAST IRON; DENSITY; FERRITE; IRON; ISRAEL; METALLOGRAPHY; MICROHARDNESS; MICROSTRUCTURE; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY FLUORESCENCE ANALYSIS