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  • Civil War Portfire

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    Civil War Portfire - Inventory Number: ART 238  

    Portfires were used to light cannon aboard the wooden deck of a ship.  The portfire itself is similar to a flare. They were a composition of niter, sulphur and mealed powder driven into a case of strong paper. A full-length portfire could burn for about ten minutes and could not be extinguished by water. Portfires were used from the mid- 1600’s up through the Civil War. During the Civil War it was a backup option to igniting a cannon, usually during wet conditions.

    Measures 17 3/4" in lenghth.  


    Inventory Number: ART 238