A loose cannon refers to a cannon (usually a wheeled cannon) which gets dislocated and moves about randomly on the decks of a warship, creating a hazard to crew and equipment.
A famous literary depiction of a loose cannon appears in Victor Hugo's 1874 novel "Ninety-Three", whose plot is set during the French Revolution. In a well-known episode, a ship of anti-revolutionary French Royalists is sailing towards Brittany, to aid the anti-revolutionary Chouannerie rebellion. While at sea, a sailor fails to properly secure his cannon, which rolls out of control and damages the ship. The sailor risks his life to secure the cannon and save the ship. The Marquis de Lantenac, leader of the Royalists, awards the man a medal for his bravery and then executes him without trial for failing in his duty.
The widespread publication of Hugo's book, both in the original French and in translation to various other languages, helped make the concept of a loose cannon more well-known. It has eventually developed a metaphorical meaning relating to a person who is acting in a wild and unpredictable manner and who constitutes as much danger to his or her own side as to the enemy.
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baja (Mar 5, 2020)
This reply should have been for the Bell Casting post.
I see lots of pride in their endeavors.
Here's a photo of a finished product.
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wow thats a great big ding dong making thingy,,,, "preparing molding case for... great peter..of york minister" ... but it is a nice mold no matter what they are moling for the minister. I suppose next will be the pole pit mold......for the great peter....dam you just cant make this stuff up!!!I wonder if it feeds from the bottom or top?I wood assume bottom to help eliminate voids in the great peter.perhaps they should for made it for peter the great!!!or his minister!!! yes Im bored, too much rain&storms.
Interesting stuff about making bells, these guys do it the old way. That portion of the episode starts about 18 minutes in. I just watched this the other weekend while out in the garage trying to get stuff done. A tv does not lend itself to getting stuff done, but it's at least somewhat educational.
jimfols (Mar 5, 2020)
Fullsize image: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...s_fullsize.jpgFerro Machinery Foundry Co. Cleveland, OH. December, 1918
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