Oyster shells

The Chosen Men burn oyster shells to produce lime. (Sharpe's Siege)

Oyster shells were a product collected by fishermen hunting the oysters they contained. When burnt, they produced lime that could be used to whitewash houses, but would blind upon contact with the eyes. While in the Comte de Maquerre's fort, Catherine told Richard Sharpe to burn the oyster shells that were kept in storage. He did so and repelled General Calvet's attack by throwing it at his troops. (Sharpe's Siege)

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