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The photograph above, taken in 1888, shows the historic shot tower at Taroona. Built by Joseph Moir in 1870, the tower produced small-diameter shot balls using the ‘long drop and water’ method. Lead ingots laced with arsenic and antimony were hauled to the top of the tower, where they were melted. The liquid was then […]

The photograph above, taken in 1888, shows the historic shot tower at Taroona.

Built by Joseph Moir in 1870, the tower produced small-diameter shot balls using the ‘long drop and water’ method.

Lead ingots laced with arsenic and antimony were hauled to the top of the tower, where they were melted. The liquid was then poured down the centre of the tower through a colander, which separated it into drops. Once in free-fall, these drops formed naturally into spheres. They instantly solidified upon hitting a pool of water at the bottom of the tower.

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/08/tas-that-was-the-taroona-shot-tower/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tas-that-was-the-taroona-shot-tower

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