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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2019 12:23 p.m. PST

"When thinking oneself back into the Age of Mercantile Sail which lasted up to WW2 it is hard to imagine just what a menace was represented by a derelict ships abandoned by their crews but still afloat. The most serious class of derelict consisted of wooden-hulled ships carrying cargoes of wood. Large numbers of such ships were employed on the North Atlantic, carrying timber from Canada to Europe, and another big lumber trade involved carrying hardwoods from South America to the Eastern USA through the hurricane-prone West Indies….."

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2019 12:39 p.m. PST

Hmm – who knew?

Makes sense though as to why a boat loaded with wood might take a long time to sink!

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2019 9:49 a.m. PST

Dawlish Chronicles are always interesting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2019 12:30 p.m. PST



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