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baril à mèche

English translation: match tub

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French term or phrase:baril à mèche
English translation:match tub
Entered by: Sandra Petch
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09:57 Apr 25, 2008
French to English translations [PRO]
Ships, Sailing, Maritime
French term or phrase: baril à mèche
Hi

This is from a brief paragraph about the cook on a 74-gun ship. One of his duties was to "entretenir le baril à mèche".

Here's some additional info I found:
"Chaque bâtiment à son baril à mèche pour en conserver une et même deux constamment allumées."

I've tried googling all manner of combinations of wick/barrel/keg/cask to no avail!

Thanks in advance for your help.
Sandra Petch
Local time: 15:17
match tub
Explanation:
slow match - Definitions from Dictionary.comMatch tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow matches for firing cannon, esp. on board ship. The tub contains a little water in the bottom, ...
dictionary.reference.com/browse/slow%20match -


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Note added at 8 mins (2008-04-25 10:05:58 GMT)
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slow match = a match or wick which burns very slowly without a flame.
OED

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Note added at 33 mins (2008-04-25 10:31:34 GMT)
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etymologically speaking, "match" comes from "mèche"
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Graham macLachlan
Local time: 15:17
Grading comment
What a bright spark! Thank you.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +4match tub
Graham macLachlan


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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +4
match tub


Explanation:
slow match - Definitions from Dictionary.comMatch tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow matches for firing cannon, esp. on board ship. The tub contains a little water in the bottom, ...
dictionary.reference.com/browse/slow%20match -


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Note added at 8 mins (2008-04-25 10:05:58 GMT)
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slow match = a match or wick which burns very slowly without a flame.
OED

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Note added at 33 mins (2008-04-25 10:31:34 GMT)
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etymologically speaking, "match" comes from "mèche"

Graham macLachlan
Local time: 15:17
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Grading comment
What a bright spark! Thank you.
Notes to answerer
Asker: Graham, you are a star! http://www.hms-victory.com/index.php?Itemid=90&id=59&option=com_content&task=view


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  fourth: Graham! I've been looking at Tinder Boxes, fuse boxes even Well, there we are. and here we are in "A Sea of Words" Lexicon to P O'Brien, "with Perforated cover where SLOW MATCHES, lit end down were hung and Slow Match"A fuse that burned very slowly to ign
36 mins
  -> thanks, matches will never be the same again!

agree  Michael GREEN: Absolutely ... :) / Pour la petite histoire ... I offered to translate the Victory web site for the bicentenary, but the Captain didn't have the budget ... hohum. / Get your own back by dipping your ensign to French naval vessels - drives 'em mad ...!
46 mins
  -> thanks, the French Navy is still tetchy, wouldn't let the Lord Nelson into Brest in '92

agree  Drmanu49
1 hr
  -> thanks

agree  xxxBourth: "Pequod" (Moby Dick) had 0 guns - not with a Quaker commanding, me hearties! - but had a "waterproof match keg" (blubber to be boiled down). Re. F Navy, I shall keep quiet about Capt. Westcott, killed at the Battle of the Nile, being an ancestor ...
2 hrs
  -> killed at the Battle of the Nile... and he's been in denial ever since!
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