The Princess Royal Fortress carries out gun firings of an original nine pound gun several times every year. Bring the family down and enjoy the spectacle of a real nine pound gun being fired. You may want to cover your ears though!
2019/2020 Firing Dates
- Wednesday 2 October at 12pm
- Wednesday 9 October at 12pm
- Thursday 17 October at 12pm
- Tuesday 22 October at 12pm
- Friday 1 November at 6pm
- Sunday 8 December at 12pm
- Thursday 9 January at 12pm
- Friday 10 January at 12pm
- Thursday 30 January at 12pm
- Thursday 19 March at 12pm
- Saturday 25 April - ANZAC Day (time to be confirmed)
While the Princess Royal Fortress does everything to avoid this, firings may be cancelled at short notice due to staffing and weather conditions.
A brief history of Princess Royal Fortresses 9 pound guns
These two guns were part of the inititial armament of the forts where six ‘nine-pounders’ were delivered to Albany, Western Australia and distributed throughout the colony in 1893. Two stayed in Albany where they were assembled and fired on Wednesday May 24th 1893 to mark Queen Victoria’s birthday, the ruling monach of that time.
In recent years the guns have been restored back to workable order and are now used for ceremonial occassions and public demonstrations, giving many visitors to Albany a look and feel of what it is like to fire one of these guns.
These guns were made at the Royal Gun Factory Woolwich in 1874 and were the last type of muzzle-loading artillery used by the British Army.
Muzzle-loading is the act by pushing (ramming) the powder charge and the projectile (shell) down the bore (barrel) from into the muzzle. This was the main system for small arms and artillery until the early 1880’s. It was replaced by the modern method of opening the rear of the barrel and loading – breech-loading.