BLUNDERBUSS SMOKE

When we went to Dartmouth Castle recently there was an exhibition of firing old guns. So there was a musket and a blunderbuss and a couple of other things too.

We were warned to put our hands over our ears and open our mouths when they were fired – they make a serious racket which then echoes all round the castle and round the bay as well – great fun!

And they also emit a great deal of smoke, which reminds me of how that was a major feature in the wars of those days. I seem to remember that at the Battle of Waterloo, the two armies couldn’t see each other for the smoke of their cannons and musketry. I reckon our forebears must have spent most of their ex-army lives half or totally deaf because of the noise.

As our ferryboat reached mid-stream, there was another bang from the battlements and I managed to capture the smoke from the blunderbuss :yes:

Dartmouth castle

I enjoy these things when they give you an insight into our past.

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20 thoughts on “BLUNDERBUSS SMOKE

  1. There was a great programme on TV last night about raising Elizabethan cannons from the sea bed. There was also a musket. Test firings were carried out with plenty of surprising visual ballistics. If you could catch this programme, (if you haven’t seen it) it would tie in nicely with this post.

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  2. That sounds like my kind of day. I love all that re-enactment stuff. I’m going to the History Festival in July which has guns, regalia, cavalry, women folk in traditional gear and even the odd spitfire thrown in. Great fun.

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      1. Not to that level, but there is an annual joust at Upper Hutt a few miles from us where the “Knights” have some fun re-enacting that sort of thing.

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