6-Pounder Saluting Gun
The 6-pounder gun was standard armament on ships of the Spanish-American War
era but it is long since obsolete as an offensive weapon. Two of these guns
are now carried on board major combatant ships for firing gun salutes with
blank charges. The interval between firings is normally 5 seconds. The number
of guns in a salute varies from 5 to 21, depending on the occasion.