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A chase gun was a cannon mounted in the bow or stern of a sailing ship. They were used to attempt to slow down a ship either pursuing or being pursued, typically by damaging the rigging and thereby causing the target to lose performance.
Some ships, like the Nemesis, were equipped with a pair of regular chase guns. The Koldunya of Boris Palachnik had a brass bow chaser. The Queen Anne's Revenge was armed with a pair of regular chase guns during the War of Jolly Roger, but they were removed when Blackbeard installed a pair of Greek fire launchers on his ship.
The Flying Dutchman was armed with a pair of triple-barreled chase guns, also known as "triple guns" or "bow cannons", secreted in demon-faced gunports in the ship's bow. These rapid-firing chase guns caused extensive damage to the Black Pearl's aft quarters shortly after Jack Sparrow's crew left Isla Cruces, as well as damaged the Pearl later in the battle around the maelstrom. The HMS Providence had two stern chasers below the captain's cabin, but no cannons on the bow, leaving her at a disadvantage during a pursuit.
Behind the scenes
- In LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge appeared to have chase guns located at the bow of the ship, similar to the Flying Dutchman. It is possible that those were meant to be cannons that unleashed Greek fire to burn and destroy enemies at sea. However, in On Stranger Tides, the Greek fire shooters were found lower in the ship's bow.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (game)
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Notes and references
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
- ↑ The Price of Freedom
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- ↑ The HMS Providence, captained by Hector Barbossa - Pirates of the Caribbean | Official Website | Disney