‘Pirate Ship’ Hand Grenade Discovered Near 17th-Century Wreck Site

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ship ran aground in 1684 while transporting military material back to the U.K.

A gunpowder-filled hand grenade from the wreck of a former pirate ship has washed ashore on a remote U.K. beach. (Fox News image)

(FOX NEWS) – A gunpowder-filled hand grenade from the wreck of a former pirate ship has washed ashore on a remote U.K. beach.

Local historian and author Robert Felce told Fox News that he found the hand grenade in late November at Dollar Cove on Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula. Felce also found a similar grenade at the same site on the Cornwall’s southern coast in May 2017.

“I don’t use a metal detector – I use sight,” he explained. “I have become accustomed to what a lot of these things look like.”

The heavily encrusted grenades are from the wreck of the Schiedam, a former pirate ship that was being used to transport cargo by the Royal Navy.

LiveScience reports that the Schiedam, which was originally a Dutch merchant ship, was taken by Barbary Pirates in 1683, and was subsequently seized by the Royal Navy.

The ship ran aground in 1684 while transporting military material back to the U.K. from the Moroccan city of Tangiers.

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