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Army:

Great Britain: Estimated Tonnage of Equipment in 1801

Item
Number
Tons
(2240 Pounds)
100 Weight
(112 Pounds)
Quarter Weight
(28 Pounds)
Axes, Pole with Handles
264
 
10
0
Axes, Pick with Handles
100
 
9
0
Axes, Felling with Handles
176
 
14
0
Bales, Bushel
500
0
12
0
Bales, 1/2 Bushel
500
0
7
1
Bales, 2 Bushels
250
0
8
1
Barrows, Wheel Packed
20
2
2
0
Barrows, Wheel Unpacked
7
1
0
0
Barrows, Hand Single
20
0
18
0
Budge Barrels
32
1
0
0
Bricks
1000
2
5
0
Buckets, Leather
20
0
2
0
Pontoon and Carriage, Complete with Appurtenances
1
11
0
0
Carbines
25
Note 1
5
2
Carriage, Gun Standing 42 Pounder
1
1
13
0
Carriage, Gun Standing 32 Pounder
1
1
10
0
Carriage, Howitzer Standing 10 Inch
1
1
10
0
Carriage, Gun Standing 24 Pounder
1
1
9
3
Carriage, Gun Standing 18 Pounder
1
1
7
0
Carriage, Howitzer Standing 8 Inch
1
1
7
0
Carriage, Gun Standing 12 Pounder
1
1
4
0
Carriage, Gun Standing 9 Pounder
1
1
3
0
Carriage, Gun Standing 6 Pounder
1
1
0
0
Carriage, Gun Standing 4 Pounder
1
0
17
0
Carriage, Travelling Complete with Limber boxes, ladles, sponges, and rammers 24 Pounders
1
5
10
0
Carriage, Travelling Complete with Limber boxes, ladles, sponges, and rammers 12 Pounder
1
4
10
2
Carriage, Travelling Complete with Limber boxes, ladles, sponges, and rammers 9 Pounder
1
4
7
2
Carriage, Travelling Complete with Limber boxes, ladles, sponges, and rammers 6 Pounder
1
3
7
2
Carriage, Travelling Complete with Limber boxes, ladles, sponges, and rammers 3 Pounder
1
2
19
0
Carriage, Medium 24 Pounder
1
2
9
2
Carriage, Medium 12 Pounder
1
2
9
2
Carriage, with Ammunition Boxes 6 pounder light
1
2
3
0
Carriage, with Ammunition Boxes 5.5 inch Howitzer
1
2
3
0
Carriage, with Ammunition Boxes 5.5 Inch Howitzer of 10 CWT
1
3
2
0
Carriage, with Ammunition Boxes 8 Inch Howitzer
1
3
7
2
Sling Cart
1
3
0
2
Forage Cart, with Limber
1
4
0
0
Ammunition Wagon
1
4
18
1
Gravel Cart
1
2
16
2
Duke of Richmond's Close Bodied Wagon
1
5
0
0
Road Wagon, with Upright Sides
1
7
10
0
Gin, Triangle
1
0
14
0
Grate for Heating Shot
1
0
4
2
Handspikes
120
1
0
0
Handcrow Levers of 5 feet
120
1
0
0
Handscrews, Large
15
1
0
0
Handscrews, Small
17
1
0
0
Helves, Pick or Felling
300
0
14
0
Helves, Sledge
300
1
0
0
Helves, Pinmaul
360
1
0
0
Junk
20 cwt
1
5
0
Linstocks, with Cocks
600
1
0
0
Linstocks, without Cocks
1000
1
0
0
Muskets
25
Note 2
8
0
Muskets
20
Note 3
5
2
Match
6 CWT
1
14
0
Powder
11 Barrels
1
0
0
Powder
22 Half Barrels
1
0
0
Pistos
50 or 60
Note 4
5
0
Park Pickets
40
0
9
1
Pikes
280
1
0
0
Sheepskins
144
1
1
0
Shovels, Iron
100
1
0
0
Spades, Iron
184
1
0
0
Shovels, Shod with Iron
138
1
0
0
Sandbag, Bushel
500
0
12
0
Sandbag, 1/2 Bushel
500
0
7
1
Sandbag, 2 Bushels
250
0
8
1

Notes:

1. Carbines were packed 25 to a chest. A chest was 11 cubic feet. Forty cubic feet equal 1 ton.  Hence, a chest of carbines weighed 616 pounds.       

2. Muskets were sometimes packed 25 to a chest. A chest was 16 cubic feet. Forty cubic feet equal 1 ton. Hence a chest of 25 muskets weighed 896 pounds.       

3. Muskets were also packed 20 to a chest. A chest was 11 cubic feet. Forty cubic feet equal 1 ton. Hence a chest of 20 muskets weighed 616 pounds.         

4. Pistols were packed 50 - 60 to a chest. A chest was 10 cubic feet. Forty cubic feet equal 1 ton. Hence a chest of 50 - 60 pistols weighed approximately 560 pounds.                                                                          

Source:

The Little Bombardier and Pocket Gunner London: T Egerton; 1801. P. 204 - 206

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: July 2003

 



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