Gun Barrel

This is an example of an English gun barrel or musketoon barrel of a style typically found aboard ships during the latter half of the 17th century, and throughout the 18th century. Though commonly referred to as a blunderbuss, the English Board of Ordnance distinguished flaring muzzle shotguns with barrels less than 20-inches in length as gun barrels, and those over 20-inches as musketoons. With a length of 27-inches, this example clearly falls into the latter category. The letter V beneath a crown indicates that the weapon had been "viewed" and approved for testing. Read more »

Identifier:
QAR009.001
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Hand Grenades

Date:
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.

Identifier:
QAR350.004-.005
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Bar Shot

Bar-type shot are represented in the cannon ammunition assemblage. These contrivances consisted of two parts connected by an iron bar. They were used at close range to slash through the rigging and sails of an enemy ship.

Identifier:
QAR011.00
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Wadding

Date:
C. Early 1700s

Of the cannons that have been cleaned, four were loaded and each contained waddage used to pack their respective cannon loads. Since most cannons recovered from shipwrecks are not loaded, these cannon and their contents contain important information concerning naval artillery practices from the early 18th century. The variation of the fiber types used to make waddage indicates that sailors used what ever pieces of old ropes were available. The cordage scraps, generally made of hemp, were picked apart and combined to form the wads for any one of the cannon.

Identifier:
QAR418.015
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Cannon C-3

Date:
C. 1675-1700

Cannon 3 is a cast iron 6-pounder, 7-feet in length (base ring to muzzle). The trunnions are slightly conical in shape with no visible foundry markings and are cast below the centerline of the tube. Several features suggest that the gun was produced in Sweden. English guns typically have pronounced reinforces while Cannon 3 has a more angular, single-cone shape with the sides forming a nearly straight line from the vent field to the muzzle astragal. Likewise, the muzzle swell appears more angular in shape than the typical English tulip swell. Read more »

Identifier:
QAR0233.001
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Brass Quillon Block with blade fragment

Brass quillon block with gold gilding and blade fragment from a small hunting sword will also be exhibited. The ornate scroll work and fancy handle design were unusual for pirate gear, so the sword may have been acquired on some adventure.   It was recovered in 2007 and has been conserved.

Identifier:
QAR3082.000
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge