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10th load with cartridge

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  • "10th. Load with cartridge.—The cartridge (with the bottom end first, seam downwards, and a wad after it) is to be put into the gun, and thrust a little way within the mouth, when the rammer is to be entered; the cartridge is then to be forcibly rammed down, and the captain, at the same time, is to keep his priming-wire in the vent, and, feeling the cartridge, is to give the word home, when the rammer is to be drawn, and not before. While this is doing, the man appointed to provide a shot is to provide one (or two, according to the order at that time) ready at the muzzle, with a wad likewise; and when the rammer is drawn, at the words, ..."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine, 1815

    October 10, 2008