Model of “El Tigre”The Tiger Cannon

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The Famous El Tigre Cannon of the Castle of San Cristobal

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain


Presented is a very fine model of the famous Cannon “El Tigre”.  The Castle of San Cristobal, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, is a museum which houses the famous Canon Tigre (Tiger Cannon), which, on July 25, 1797, shot a musketball to Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson’s  right arm.  The shot  fractured his humerus bone in multiple places  and was the reason he had his arm amputated.  The Castle of San Cristóbal (Spanish: Castillo de San Cristóbal) , was the first fortification of significance on the island of Tenerife,  and the main defensive building on Santa Cruz Bay.

This is a good size, very ornate model of this historic cannon. 

(The actual cannon is pictured at the bottom of the page)

We’ve owned this model for a number of years in our personal collection and just recently decided to offer it for sale.   This is a static model and is not a working cannon.  It is quite good size and makes a very dramatic display piece for a den or office.  Our recollection is that the selection of model cannons we acquired were made in Spain.  There are no markings indicating the maker.


Cannon:  17 1/4″ L,         2 3/4″  width a rear end,     2″ at trunnions,      1 3/4″ at bore

Bore 3/4″

Overall in carriage: 18″ L  x 8″ Ht.

Weight: 7 lbs  9 oz.

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Detail on cannon barrel

On 25 July 2009, the El Tigre cannon was installed in a dedicated room at the centre. The bronze cannon was constructed in Seville in the 18th century, and is 3 metres (9.8 ft) long and weighs 2,000kg. It is said to be the cannon that injured Nelson during the  Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797)

Photo of Cañón Tigre at Castle  San Cristobal




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