Hand Grenades

C. Early 1700s

Two hand grenades were found attached to a pewter platter recovered in 1998. The grenades are cast iron spheres packed with gunpowder and pierced to accept a hollow wooden fuse. The fuse also contained powder and a paper match, and was lit and thrown at the enemy with devastating results. Occasionally the fuse was too long, giving the intended victims the opportunity to return the grenade to the pirates. Identical examples were recovered from the pirate ship Whydah Galley, lost off Cape Cod in 1717.

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