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