Raining Molten Lead

The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Metal/Fall. I know the ‘Fall’ in question is supposed to be the season otherwise known as ‘Autumn’. But I’ve decided to take it more literally.

The Phoenix Shot Tower (as it was originally called) is located close to downtown Baltimore, Maryland, and was completed in 1828. Standing almost 235 feet tall, at first glance it looks like a chimney. But a chimney with windows?

IMG_2646In fact, it’s actually a rather clever yet simple structure (a nod here to Ailsa’s – of Where’s My Backpack? – theme of Simplify) that used gravity to turn liquid lead into shot for pistols, rifles and even cannons. Molten lead was poured through a sieve in the top of the tower. The resulting lead droplets then fell through the tower and began to cool, forming spheres that fully solidified when they landed in a water bath at the tower’s base. Hence the term ‘drop-shot’.

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4 Responses to Raining Molten Lead

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Cool photos for this week’s challenge. I love your out of the box thinking.

  2. simaroseblossom says:

    great photos

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