Explosives

Golden Age of Piracy - Chapter Decoration

Background

Grenado

The grenado was an early hand grenade. Grenados used by pirates were small hollow balls made of iron, glass or wood and filled with gunpowder. The fuse that was lit just before being thrown. The explosion might cause great bodily damage and could demoralize a merchant ships crew. Grenados were not totally reliable and could present a serious danger to the user as well.

Firepots & Fire Barrels

Pirate Weapons - Firepots

Firepots

Stinkpots

Pots were filled with chemicals and set on fire to create a cloud of foul smelling odor. The pots were hurled at the deck of ships to cause the crew to cough and gag, thus becoming sick and creating confusion.

Pirate Weapons

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