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Bits of book found in cannon on the Queen Anne's Revenge:

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Torn pages were used as wadding in a cannon, and managed to survive that plus centuries underwater. Conservators identified the fragments as from "the 1712 first edition of A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World by Captain Edward Cooke," which apparently included a lot of information useful and inspirational to pirates - navigation info, descriptions of the taking of Spanish ships as prizes... I don't know if the pages were torn out as a last resort or if the pirates were of the "never re-read a book" ilk {wry grin}, but I found the account entertaining.

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http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/50159

Torn pages were used as wadding in a cannon, and managed to survive that plus centuries underwater. Conservators identified the fragments as from "the 1712 first edition of A Voyage to the South Sea, and Round the World by Captain Edward Cooke," which apparently included a lot of information useful and inspirational to pirates - navigation info, descriptions of the taking of Spanish ships as prizes... I don't know if the pages were torn out as a last resort or if the pirates were of the "never re-read a book" ilk {wry grin}, but I found the account entertaining.

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