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Thread #57206   Message #3063999
Posted By: stallion
30-Dec-10 - 03:04 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Yangtse River Shanty
Subject: RE: Origins: Yangtse River Shanty
Just a note, we used to make charcoal out of beech wood to make gunpowder with, it has a very fine grain and makes the best gunpowder, we used ash poles for the sponges and ram rods because they were bendy and less likely to break in the cannon barrel. Ah Pete those were the days!