Posted by Bill Rooks on December 20, 1997 at 14:57:22:
In Reply to: Re: Killdeer posted by Jo on December 20, 1997 at 00:28:59:
I am sure there are some who can tell me if I am wrong or right
with perhaps more authority than myself, but I am sure regarding the cannons and sheepskins...it was a safety issue. Closing air off the vents while they swabbed and then rammed fresh powder
down the bore. That way, any live sparks attached to bits of
cloth, paper whatever from the last firing would not ignite the
next charge prematurely. I have not been a cannoneer when
reenacting, but believe one of the commands given during the
loading process of cannons is "stop your vents" i.e. block them
off to exlude air. The compression of the rammer and charge
going down the bore with a live spark still down there would act
like a bellows in a forge and ignite that sucker white hot!!
So "stop the vent" and keep that from happening. Anybody have
a better idea?
So, Mark Baker,
: Which of these versions of Killdeer did our hero take with him everywhere, off set and beyond???? Do you know, by chance? I have read about DDL carrying this "rifle" everywhere...
: From one geriatic fan just getting her week-end pass from the "Chicago" invalids home, dressed up in her best stripped skirt, complete with walker to carry the ditty bag and the lyrics to our theme song....(spent days reading the posts... you guys are too much...oxygen bottle here we come.... age????...I'll keep you guessing, ....)
: Which also reminds me, upon leaving the home, this sheep skin thing came up...what do they need to throw a sheep skin (IF that is what it is,,or wool?) over the cannons for??? during the battle scenes at Ft. William Henry? Insulation? Protection from flying cannon bits? Good Luck?..(should we carry one as the banner for us over 40's?...naw...a loin cloth instead...)
: Forever young, (in my dreams)
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