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    Re: Master & Commander
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2003 Dec 10, 12:25 -0500

    Again from O'Brian, who, by the way, appears to have studied the
    sources rather carefully and thoroughly, flintlocks were present on the
    Shannon when she beat the Chesapeake, although Aubrey recommended to
    Broke that a slow match be kept lit in case they misfired.  I believe
    the Surprise, being an older ship, lacked flintlocks.  The
    Shannon-Chesapeake battle would have been during the War of 1812, as we
    know it in the U.S.  That would put it almost a decade past Trafalgar;
    there were many technological advances during that period.
    I regret I cannot provide a more definitive answer.
    Fred Hebard
    On Dec 10, 2003, at 5:03 AM, Kieran Kelly wrote:
    > Also close observation would show that the guns on Aubrey's "Surprise"
    > in
    > the film were fired with flintlocks. I thought Napoleonic era cannon
    > were
    > fired with a slow-match applied directly to the touch hole. Can anyone
    > help
    > me here?

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