60 Pounder Gun

The 60 Pounder Breech Loading Gun (60 Pdr BL) was used for mobile coast defence in Canada and counter-bombardment on the Western Front 1914-1918.

The 60 Pdr BL was in Canadian service 1905-1942, replacing the 4.7″ Quick Firing Gun of Boer War vintage in the Heavy Batteries of the Canadian Garrison Artillery.  The term “Breech Loading” indicates that the breechblock, instead of a brass cartridge case, seals in the propelling gases.

Three 60 Pdr BL were used in North Russia 1918-1919, re-classified as a Medium Gun, the 60 Pdr BL still equipped Canadian Medium Batteries in 1939.  It was replaced by 4.5″ and 5.5″ Medium guns during the Second World War.

Weight of Projectile: 60 pounds (27.2 kilograms)

Range: 12,300 yards (11,247 meters)

Detachment: gun and limber, two ammunition wagons, ten gunners, eight drivers and 17 horses