A badly corroded Congreve rocket. It is a metal cylinder with rounded head and the base has six vents surrounding a screwed on metal sleeve which contains fragments of wood.
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This badly corroded projectile is an example of a British Congreve rocket used during the First Taranaki War (1860-61).The rockets, named after their inventor Sir William Congreve, were designed to be fired from simple frames elevated from 2½ to 5 degrees. Maori thought the rockets possessed minds of their own, with a malicious delight in spiralling in pursuit of fleeing targets. Little is known about this example which was found in swamp at Manukorihi.
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