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