The inventory of trophies at the Naval Academy contains the names of two ancient cannon; one, a "Corean gun of 1313," and the other the "Cortez gun of about 1474." These dates rest on the conclusions reached in an article published in the Proceedings of the Naval Institute for 1892, "Notes on the Date of Manufacture of the Three Guns at the U. S. Naval Academy, Captured in Corea by Rear-Admiral John Rodgers, U. S. N.," by Thomas Wm. Clarke.
Apparently in the nineteen years since that article appeared fee figures have never been challenged, and yet if they are to tie accepted they are of extraordinary interest. In that case the Naval Academy possesses, in the Corean gun of 1313, an example of ancient artillery which should upset all the accepted ideas on the history of ordnance: and, in the Cortez gun, the most remarkable specimen of 15th century cannon in existence.
I. “The Corean Gun of 1313.”