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Paul Pless
05-27-2014, 01:42 AM
In 1929 the schooner A. Ernest Mills sank after a collision off the coast of North Carolina. Four days later it bobbed to the surface again. Its cargo of salt had dissolved.


05-27-2014, 01:45 AM
Then all of the iron nails broke and it sank again........

05-27-2014, 02:28 AM
And that, children, is why the sea is salty.....

The Bigfella
05-27-2014, 05:40 AM
And that, children, is why the sea is salty.....

So that it floats?

Ian McColgin
05-27-2014, 06:39 AM
Yep, no machinery and no fixed ballast. Couldn't sail without something in the holds. Some of the old timber schooners were so leaky by last voyage that they really floated on their cargo.

05-27-2014, 10:21 AM
Rum runners and other prohibition bootleggers would attach bags of salt to the crates of booze and toss them overboard if being pursued by authorities. First, they wouldn't have any illegal substances if caught and second, they'd be faster without the cargo. They'd then go back to corral the re-floated cargo after they broke off the chase.

IIRC, Farley Mowat discussed this in "The Boat That Woudn't Float".