VULGER EXPRESSION? NO – A SHIPS CANNON BALLS WERE HELD IN PLACE VIA A BRASS MONKEY.

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A handy store of ships cannon balls was a necessity in the old days of war ships. How were they to stop the cannon balls from rolling around the deck…A solution was to design a square base of 4 cannon balls with one placed centrally on top in a square pyramid fashioned with one ball resting on four resting on nine which rested on sixteen in total thirty cannon balls handy to the cannon. How were they to stay like that with the ships movement?

The solution was a solid metal plate containing 16 round indentations called a monkey.

If the metal was made of iron there was a tendancy for the balls and monkey to rust and freeze together.

The solution was to construct BRASS MONKEYS.

However also during very cold weather at the time it was known that brass has a different expansion rate than iron so when temperatures got down very low the brass monkeys would shrink before the iron and as a consequence the cannon balls had a tendency to roll off the monkey.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT – TRUE OR FALSE?

Posted by Henry Sapiecha

One Response to “FREEZE THE BALLS OFF A BRASS MONKEY – INVENTION”

  1. Kipu Inad Says:

    I really enjoyed this post, especially the “examples in this post” portion which made it really easy for me to SEE what you were talking about without even having to leave the article. Thanks

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