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Royal Navy's Use of The Infernal Machine

Royal Navy used them between 1693-1697 but I don't know if they tried to build one again in the 18th or 19th century.

The U.S. Navy built one and used it on Tripoli against the Barbary pirates but failed. Like the failings of fire ships, the crew lit the fuse too soon in order to haul their butts out of range.
 
Math is hard. For the ballistics experts, what would be the power of the explosion?

There were 100 barrels of gunpowder with 100lbs in each. The gunpowder was in a confined state with masonry above and below, presumably to get maximum burn. Gunpowder then was likely 60% efficient compared to gunpowder today (Fg grain size). I have zero idea how to calculate such a thing.
 
Pretty obvious really.

The fact that a link was provided is a dead giveaway ;)
Nelson bent the rules...

Sir Sidney Smith bent the rules when he pushed for rocket ships, torpedoes, and shallow draft landing craft.

Nelson wanted Smith in his fleet (though a pain in the butt) because he bent the rules to move the Royal Navy forward.

Knowledge, understanding and relevant info or the letter of the law? An interesting dilemma...
 

Ballistic

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Nelson bent the rules...

Sir Sidney Smith bent the rules when he pushed for rocket ships, torpedoes, and shallow draft landing craft.

Nelson wanted Smith in his fleet (though a pain in the butt) because he bent the rules to move the Royal Navy forward.

Knowledge, understanding and relevant info or the letter of the law? An interesting dilemma...
Not sure what you're getting at there @AccessHeritage :confused:

I was replying to @WreckerL about a different poster on another thread(s). :)
 
Sorry about that. I thought I somehow broke some sort of rule by posting. As me profile says....newbie.... and a little seasick on my first posting voyage. (I would put a smiley face here but don't know how...)
 

Ballistic

War Hero
Sorry about that. I thought I somehow broke some sort of rule by posting. As me profile says....newbie.... and a little seasick on my first posting voyage. (I would put a smiley face here but don't know how...)
No worries :)

The smiley emoji can be found if you click on the 3 vertical dots on the controls bar to the left of the 'image' icon when you post a reply.
It opens a second bar with more controls including emojis.
 
There you go. I finally figured out the true origins of the Army palm out hand salute.

I posted it on Arrse to ask if anyone had any earlier evidence or other early images.

I thought "here is something a British soldier would want to know because it is something everyone does every day and the first time it was done in 1727 and why is a good story to tell." I also thought "wow the British Army initially abandoned it in 1814 and were saluting like the Royal Navy today at the Battle of Waterloo (palm down)."

The post got labelled spam and I got my arrse band from the forum.

Did I break a rule here? Did I post spam?

tick, tick, tick.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
No rules broken that I can see, and only spam if you promote websites that are selling stuff, mainly for your profit.
 

Chris P

War Hero
Math is hard. For the ballistics experts, what would be the power of the explosion?

There were 100 barrels of gunpowder with 100lbs in each. The gunpowder was in a confined state with masonry above and below, presumably to get maximum burn. Gunpowder then was likely 60% efficient compared to gunpowder today (Fg grain size). I have zero idea how to calculate such a thing.
Fcuking big bang in any case:rolleyes:
 
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