I've been hunting here & elsewhere, looking for some information on grenades. As usual, have spent a lot of time wandering all over the internet & getting distracted by other age-of-sail-y things...
Can someone provide some good references with some details on the use of grenades that would apply to the 1790s? I've found references to them, (like the Bonhomme Richard
sailor on the yardarm -- I like that bit
). But ... a good description of their use? I'm picturing an iron shell full of powder with a fuse, but also came across a rather confusing snippet from 1691 I think it was, about how to make them, out of musket balls & twine & paste...??
Is this something they could make aboard ship or were they issued with the rest of the ordnance? How many might a small ship (6th rate) have? How long to blow up, or did the fuse length vary? Lit with a slowmatch, I assume? How big a bang? Did they have anything to lob them with, any slingshotty things, or were they limited to throwing by hand?
Sorry if these are dumb questions... I know the information is out there somewhere, but as with so many of the little details I'm looking for, after hours of browsing & reading, sometimes it helps to have a hint from someone who knows "where".
Thanks for any help!