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That is a common misconception.  The average height of a human has not changed much in hundreds of years.  They just leaned out of the gun ports sometimes to service the guns.  Or they used thick rope for the handles of the sponge and rammer.  Made for a flexible handle that would bend around corners.

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"Leaning out of the gun ports".... during a skirmish????? ummm.... I think I'd prefer to man the tackle at back end of the cannon please......





They did.  There are also battles recorded where the gunners would reach across and take the other guys tools... fight each other with swords and pikes.  Sometimes they were that close together.

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