--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
, blockflute1@a... wrote:
> Naphtha, Greek Fire and Napalm are all different things
> Naphtha aka Coal-oil is a petroleum distilate that is simmilare to
> Greek Fire is a mixture of pitch, naphtha and sulphur (I think)
> Napalm is a gasoline mixture that is sticky.
<right on! They are not the same thing -- actually, the exact
composition of 'Greek Fire' is not known, and none of the modern
attempts at replication can reproduce its alledged attributes. What
is now largely accepted is that it is originally Syrian in origin
and would have been composed of chemicals indiginous to that area.
Its most terrible use was not by the Greeks, but by the Knights of
St. John (Hospitlers) after they turned to piracy when evicted from
the Holy Land. Entire merchant fleets were destroyed when they
refused to 'surrender' their treasures. The 'Greek Fire' was pumped
from a brass siphon, not fired from arrows.