Artillery Tools

A variety of tools associated with the prepping and firing of cannon have been recovered from Queen Anne’s Revenge.

A copper powder scoop would be attached to a long handle to deliver a charge of gun powder to the back of the cannon bore. Copper is a non-sparking metal, and therefore reduced the risk of accidental firing.

A cannon worm was used to clean out the bore of the cannon after firing, pulling out any remnants of the charge bag and wadding that may not have been expelled. Keeping the bore clean also reduced the risk of an accidental firing.

Crowbars have a variety of uses on a ship, one of which was to adjust the wheels of a gun carriage and the breech of the cannon for aiming before firing.

Updated 03/14/18 Courtney Page