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Postby Dotsie » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:13 am

Andrew Böber wrote:Whilst there is a lot that can be said in favour of a person having razor sharp wit it doesn't tend to pass the scrutiny of a person with a very sharp razor.


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Postby Ponder Stibbons » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:13 am

Tonyblack wrote:
Andrew Böber wrote:I'm usually prepared to wait as long as somewhere between now and then. :)
I do know what you mean though. It's like when you get into an arguement - you can always think of really great things you should have said AFTER the event. :lol:


:lol: That's why i started the candid quotes thread :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:29 pm

Today I learned what oakum is. It's a word that crops up time and again in the Patrick O'Brian sailing ship books and I've been meaning to look it up - I just kept forgetting. :roll:
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Postby Grymm » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:05 pm

Isn't it used for caulking?

I learned that bar shot goes through 3" oak planking like a hot ball bearing through runny butter.....
next we play with chain shot.. cannon go KERFLIPPINBOOM! Hehehehehehedoit'gaindoit'gainhehehehehehehe!
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:19 pm

Grymm wrote:Isn't it used for caulking?

I learned that bar shot goes through 3" oak planking like a hot ball bearing through runny butter.....
next we play with chain shot.. cannon go KERFLIPPINBOOM! Hehehehehehedoit'gaindoit'gainhehehehehehehe!
Yes, that's the stuff. Captain Aubrey is always talking about making haste and using the phrase: "Like smoke and oakum". :wink:
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Postby Grymm » Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:34 pm

We were on a range playing with a repro mid 18thC naval cannon, a 3pdr field gun from the same period and some smaller BP pistols and muskets just seeing what the various shot types did to our different targets, like y'do.
I've used cannon 'blank' and live before but not with a full period military powder load (as per LeBlondes 1746 treatise) and the thump on my sternum from the compression wave was impressive, that and the noise even with eardefs made me glad it was in the open air and not on a gundeck, plus the size of the splinters from the target :shock: I mean I knew it would've been 'messy' but............!
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Postby Grymm » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:00 am

I learnt or should I say relearnt that the consumption of small amounts of gunpowder/black powder gives you the most awful rotten eggy farts!







Why was I eating gunpowder you may well ask..........
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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:09 am

You haven't killed this thread, yet! :lol:
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Postby Grymm » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:22 am

Ah but I threw the switch :D

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Postby poohcarrot » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:00 am

Leve? :?
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Postby Grymm » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:54 am

Live, but spelled (or should that be spelt, or is spelt a type of wheat....gaaaaah!) foenet.....phooon......ffun.....like it might sound if I did it in a bad cod Transylvanian/Überwald accent.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:56 am

Grymm wrote:I learnt or should I say relearnt that the consumption of small amounts of gunpowder/black powder gives you the most awful rotten eggy farts!







Why was I eating gunpowder you may well ask..........
Muskets and pistols were loaded using paper cartridges. Paper cartridges need to be torn so you can pour the main charge down the barrel and when on a range or 'in action' that is done with the teeth leading to tiny amounts being swallowed.


Have you read the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell, Grymm? I'm convinced I could load and fire a musket, rifle or cannon from his descriptions. :lol:

Today I learned that Wales are playing Scotland in Cardiff - I didn't find this out until I got to the city centre to do a quick bit of shopping. :roll:
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Postby chuckie » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:10 pm

Too many scotish accents were there Tony? :D :D
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:25 pm

Too many kilts and hairy Scottish legs! :lol:
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Postby Jugula » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:02 pm

For Tony to add to his strange cricket knowledge - Jugula

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricke ... looms.html
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