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Old 12-01-2018, 16:57
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A cannon recovered from the wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship Capt. Edward Teach (AKA Blackbeard the Pirate) contained fragments of printed paper, which have painstakingly been identified as having come from Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711.

Why such paper would have been put into a cannon?

https://gizmodo.com/paper-scraps-rec...l-w-1821821451
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Old 13-01-2018, 13:33
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Probably still reading his Navy News!.
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A cannon recovered from the wreck of Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship Capt. Edward Teach (AKA Blackbeard the Pirate) contained fragments of printed paper, which have painstakingly been identified as having come from Edward Cooke’s A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World, Perform’d in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711.
Why such paper would have been put into a cannon?
A quite logical answer: "a plug" is given in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Voya...ound_the_World

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Old 13-01-2018, 16:04
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A quite logical answer: "a plug" is given in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Voya...ound_the_World

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Indeed, but what is “a plug” in this context? (And if they used this paper for that purpose, it rather suggests they weren’t that keen on reading it...)
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Most probably the book came on board in captured personal possessions and was of no interest to a crew who were many things but certainly not intellectuals!
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Indeed, but what is “a plug” in this context? (And if they used this paper for that purpose, it rather suggests they weren’t that keen on reading it...)
The clue in the Wiki article is the phrase "a plug behind a cannonball". It was normal to insert a plug* (paper or cloth) between the cannonball and the powder to keep the burning gasses from blowing past the cannonball (which were NOT tight-fitting in the bore), thus getting more velocity on the cannonball. If the cannon was to be aimed downward at all, a plug was often inserted between the ball and the muzzle, to prevent the ball from rolling back out.



* often called a "patch" for muzzle-loading small arms
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