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19570Re: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows

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  • Russ Sheldon
    Feb 28, 2006
      Actually the ship is not shot at by arrows. The boat is hand crafted and
      mementos of your lost ones are put in the boat and it is set afire as it
      sails out into the lake by candles strategically placed in it hold. Songs
      are sung and tales are told while it burns. Its a very moving ceremony.
      Great care is also made to recover the remains of the boat after it burns to
      the waterline. It was a tradition I believe started from Ealdormere to
      remember friends within the SCA who pasted on. King Osis's loss I believe
      started the tradition.

      Dafydd ap Sion

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Cian of Storvik" <firespiter@...>
      To: <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 8:24 PM
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows

      > I'm not a big fan of "playing with fire" especially at public
      > gatherings.
      > At Pennsic I hear they build a balsa-wood viking burial ship which
      > fire arrows are shot at, but very special precautions are made
      > including shooting at the boat on water.
      > I believe that period fire arrows probably had a gummy substance
      > like pitch that they could smear on an arrow, or on a piece of cloth
      > and wrap about the head. Natural tar can sometimes burn and is
      > suposedly difficult to put out even in a wind, but quite noxcious i
      > would assume (like a tire fire).
      > A company in the UK called TODS STUFF sells a reproduction of a
      > german 15th century incendiary recipe. But I believe you might have
      > problems importing combustibles into the US without proper customs
      > forms being applied for.
      > I won't speculate on the danger involved or SCA rules might be
      > broken by setting arrows on fire, but I will agree that it seems a
      > bit wasteful to spend ~$3.50 on a well made arrow just so you can
      > set it on fire.
      > -Cian
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