Ironically, she didn’t sink due to war or storm or bad navigation, but rather it was said from a candle in a cabin. However, a letter dated 17 July, 1800, states otherwise... and the condition of the musket balls recovered is a testament to the truth of this letter - both unburned and burned shot were recovered in modern-day from the remains of the wreck.
On July 9, 1800 at 3 a.m., Queen caught fire in the Bay of All Saints at St. Salvador, Brazil. The crew tried to save the ship, but the fire spread so fast Queen became a major threat to the ships moored near her and fortunately, as the letter tells, “the current carried her clear of the Bay, and she drove a considerable distance before she blew up.”
This ammunition was used in the British East India Company Brown Bess Muskets of the day - and as the "Company" carried their own military personnel, flints and ammunition were part of the shipboard munitions as well as trade items.
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