National Geographic : 1946 Jun
This Elderly Cannoneer Loads His Smoothbore with Sausage-shaped BagsofScrap Iron Doorknobs, nails, nuts, bolts, and other assorted chunks of metal are stuffed into the cloth or basketwork containers. The charge of coarse native powder issome times packed in discarded stocking legs. Newspapers form the wad. To aim his gun, the old sailor with the fan rotates the turntable mount and elevates orlowers the piece by adjusting the wooden wedge under the breech. Some junks, particularly the pirate vessels, carry rifled guns ofmuch more recent vintage.