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.