Upnor Castle and Gunpowder Supply to the Navy 1801–4

By Andrew Saunders, published May 2005


This article is based on the hundreds of letters written by the Board of Ordnance to the magazine establishment at Upnor Castle between 1801-4, with others from various sources. The letters refer to the supply of gunpowder and its nature, the storage of powder, its retrieval from ships returning from service and the changing nature of the powder itself. The necessity for a floating magazine was outlined. The article reveals the closer control over powder by 1804, with specific types of powder being dispatched to newly commissioned as opposed to refitted ships. The changing management is also outlined.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Weapons

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