Theophilus Alexander Blakely

Theophilus Alexander Blakely

Birth
Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland
Death 4 May 1868 (aged 41)
Callao, Provincia de Callao, Callao, Peru
Burial Bellavista, Provincia de Callao, Callao, Peru
Memorial ID 73027430 · View Source
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By birth his name was Theophilus Alexander Blakely. He never went by Theophilus, prefering Alexander as a first name.

Blakely was an artillerist of renown even at a young age. He held several patents one of which allowed for a band of wrought iron to be applied over a tube of cast iron. This alllowed for a cannon of much greater strength per weight than other manufacturing techniques of the day.

His cannon found great favor in the Southern States during the US Civil War. Many of his guns preformed very well. It was a 7 inch rifled Blakely, ring mounted, forward on the CSS Alabama with which Semmes intended to defeat the USS Kearsarge. Alas! Not to be. A Blakely round fired into the Kearsarge rear mast, at great range, failed to explode*.

Blakely sold cannon to many countrys during his productive years, allowing him to become wealthy and briefly to live an elaborate life. Blakely later left England running from the courts and went to Peru where he lived briefly, nearly broke, dying of yellow fever.

* A section of this mast with the 110 pound shell embedded is preserved at the Washington Navy Yard.


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  • Created by: billcarr
  • Added: 8 Jul 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 73027430
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theophilus Alexander Blakely (7 Jan 1827–4 May 1868), Find a Grave Memorial no. 73027430, citing Cementerio Británico Antiguo, Bellavista, Provincia de Callao, Callao, Peru ; Maintained by billcarr (contributor 46560268) .