These hollow iron spheres were filled with gunpowder and stopped with a wooden fuse plug through which a slowmatch or paper fuse was fed. After the fuse was lit, the grenade would be lobbed at the enemy, with devastating results. If the fuse was too long, the intended victim might have the opportunity to return the grenade to the pirates. At least two dozen grenades have so far been identified from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck.

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