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A cylindrical piece of wood used for making the cartridges with which a naval gun was loaded in the days of sailing navies. It was slightly less than the diameter of the bore of the gun for which cartridges were to be made, and paper or linen was wrapped round it as a container for the gunpowder required to fire the ball. It was of a size to take exactly the amount of powder required for the charge.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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