Powder magazine & powder monkeys

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    Ide Crawford

    Where was the powder kept on board a large sloop? Would the powder monkeys have to go right down there, or would the ammunition be passed up on pulleys as in a ship of the line? Also, at what stage in the firing of the gun would they run to fetch the powder – while it was being sponged, or earlier before it fired?

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