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269660 "Joseph Sullivan" <joe@j...> 2020‑01‑13 Re: Whatsit??
Several months ago, Ed MInch said:



Much better than a spill for gun work is a slow match.... get the operator as
far from the gun as possible because a blast of fire and brimstone come straight
up out of the touch hole when it fires - and also, the gun can recoil
unpredictably.  Check the smoke coming straight up out of the breech here:


No need of a slow match on a flintlock, of course, and canon had flintlocks
called gunlocks after the late 18th c.  And there are no cannon on a ship, just


Quite right about the match, Ed, but "just guns?"  Not Serpentines, Carronades,
and guns of various weights of throw?

BTW, did anyone else read the Aubrey-Maturin novel series, and if so, get to the
part where Lucky Jack Aubrey buys out the power from a defunct fireworks maker?
It propels loads alright, but sounds funny and makes tremendous flashed of
green, buke yellow or red depending on what barrel is used.  Very funny.


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