Shell fuze

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by chrisdoughty28, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. chrisdoughty28

    chrisdoughty28 Junior Member

    image.jpeg I have a collection of shell cases and other memorabilia including a canon ball from HMS Association 1707. The question I have is how can you identify the manufacturing date from a shell fuze as the one in the picture.

  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    I rather think you have a typo in the title.

  3. chrisdoughty28

    chrisdoughty28 Junior Member

    Might have can't spell but the question still the same.
  4. tmac

    tmac Senior Member Patron

    Professional publications about explosives and munitions distinguish the "fuse" and "fuze" spelling.[5][6] The UK Ministry of Defence states (emphasis in original):

    FUSE: Cord or tube for the transmission of flame or explosion usually consisting of cord or rope with gunpowder or high explosive spun into it. (The spelling FUZE may also be met for this term, but FUSE is the preferred spelling in this context.)[7]
    FUZE: A device with explosive components designed to initiate a main charge. (The spelling FUSE may also be met for this term, but FUZE is the preferred spelling in this context.)[8]
    Fuze - Wikipedia
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
  5. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    My rather pedantic comment referred to the original title which was 'Ordinance' whereas it should have been 'Ordnance'. Future possible searches would therefore not bring up this thread.
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  6. chrisdoughty28

    chrisdoughty28 Junior Member

    The markings are No83. R^L. 4/16 98 and 89 with two lines through it.
  7. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    Is it certified Free From Explosives? If not, treat with extreme caution. See the pinned post on live ammunition above - Found Ordnance, the serious bit
  8. chrisdoughty28

    chrisdoughty28 Junior Member


    As you can see from the above diagram the nose cone is designed to break away from the main body of the shell when the charge is detonated there are holes shown on the diagram.T he fuze is set to delay the detention till the shell is over the target. If the shell failed to detonate it would be intact and as such extremely dangerous. This fuze has been stripped and cleaned and is free of any hazardous residue. Having delt with impact and electricity detonators in my military career I am not stupid enough to have explosives in my house.Thank you for your advice.
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