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|Civil War Artillery|
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|A1305...Confederate Navy watercap fuze
Fuze was manufactured in the Confederate arsenals for Naval use. The Navy watercap fuze employed a crooked channel so that the flame would travel faster than the water. The fuze consists of an outer threaded bushing, the fuze is threaded into the bushing. Originally covered with a lead pull tab, this was removed before firing. Fuze is not marked. Fuze generally intended for large caliber rifled projectiles, Brooke and Mullane recovered from the James River . Fuze measures: length 2.4in., diameter .85in. flange diameter 1.3in. Recovered: James River, Virginia.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg.21, lower left.
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