Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Steam Gun



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Location: near Circle at Catesby Lane, small park beachside, Hilton Head Island, SC
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 14.13    W 080° 40.656
  32.2355    -80.6776
Style: Mounted **
 



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Steam Gun


Hilton Head Steamgun was the last of 13 produced - 8 land based and 5 ship borne. The 50 foot long, 15-inch diameter barrel propelled a 7 foot long, dynamite loaded projectile up to 3 .25 miles. Two steam engines powered an electric generator and two air compressors to feed air at 2,000 PSI through the dune to two sides of the gun. The Hilton Head gun was fired more than 100 times in late 1901 and early 1902. It was dissembled in 1902.