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A Fight with a Cannon

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A Fight with a Cannon

by Victor Hugo

Genre: Drama
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely


The captain and lieutenant rushed toward the gun-deck but could not get down. All the gunners were pouring up in dismay.

Something terrible had just happened.

One of the carronades of the battery, a twenty-four pounder, had broken loose.


This is the story of a cannon and on a ship which loses its moorings. And the crew fights to save themselves against the rolling ballistic. Who’s responsible? It’s a single incident. And would make an interesting song, or perhaps a 5-minute piece. But probably not anything longer than that.


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