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Since no one else has answered I will take a shot at it.  Swivel guns were mounted on stout posts bolted to the frame of the ship.  I believe they were at least 6x6 inchs and has a metal cap on the top to mount the gun.  The cap was there to prevent the post from splitting from the stress of the recoil.

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There would need to be an iron socket in the top of any wood post to receive the swivel pin from the gun. The fit needs to have some give in it which would allow for a hammer blow to develop, without a socket liner the socket itself would be enlarged. The cap was probably forged with the socket as an integral part and the top of the post fitted to it.

jud :pirate41:

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