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SCW0740: Canister Shot 3D Model
A canister was a type of shot that consists of a wooden tube filled with musket shot, once fired from the gun the casing would disintegrate spreading out the musket balls. This would have been an anti-personnel type of shot for clearing the decks of men, essentially a large shotgun shell.
This canister consists of a single hollowed out round wooden tube, the end of the canister has been narrowed to create a lip which would allow a cap to be fitted to contain the shot.
Similar sized case shot were recovered from the Batavia (1627) [BAT4435 & 6384] however rather than a single hollowed out tube these case shot consisted of four wooden sections held together by iron bands and filled with scrap iron rather than lead shot (Green, 1989). A similar 4 sectioned canister was recovered from the Swan (1641).
Several hollowed out tubes were also recovered from the Vasa and were provisionally identified as canister shot; these have now been re-interpreted as cartridge tubes (Vasa Museum, 2014).