And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air .........
Fort McHenry Travel Blog› entry 4 of 11 › view all entries
June 17th, 2008 – by: jmaretich
As it turns out, the British rockets looked like a 9 or 10 foot version of the modern bottle rocket, except the range was about 2 miles. The cannons at the fort had a range of about a mile and a half, so I feel pretty certain that while Francis was observing the fort from a British ship, he was probably closer to 2 miles away, rather than a mile and a half.
The visitors center was informative and contained several displays of items from the fort's heyday.
Many sets of cannons on swivel mounts were placed all around the fort. Don't know how they could really hit a ship from a mile or so away, but the cannons effectively protected the Baltimore harbor. My wife has had enough history for the day. She says she has earned time to do a little shopping.
The fort was great if you like forts and such. A definite must on a history tour.
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