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    Default Re: Swallow. As in “Amazon”.

    How did you survive with only two jars of Picallili?


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    Default Re: Swallow. As in “Amazon”.

    For Americans a "cwt"(as in onions and potatoes) is a "hundredweight" equal to 112 pounds. 51 KG for the rest of the world,

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    Default Re: Swallow. As in “Amazon”.

    Quote Originally Posted by CollinR View Post
    How did you survive with only two jars of Picallili?


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    It does not specify the capacity of the jars
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    For Americans a "cwt"(as in onions and potatoes) is a "hundredweight" equal to 112 pounds. 51 KG for the rest of the world,
    As logical as every British measurement system, I see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    For Americans a "cwt"(as in onions and potatoes) is a "hundredweight" equal to 112 pounds. 51 KG for the rest of the world,
    And there is the long and the short of it.

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    The provisions came from a ship chandler in Southampton.

    There are two things that you cannot get now, at least not in Britain, and they are dried egg and tinned butter. I don’t particularly miss dried egg powder, but I really do miss tinned butter.
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    One dozen (?) toilet rolls, crew of five, four months?

    ...Surely not.

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    Dried eggs a thing. My wife bought a couple of kilos leading into the first lockdown. Josey, the (late, lamented) cat, ate his way - unknown to us - through about 300g one night, dry, and was seriously ill for a few days.

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    Ransome had three Swallows in his life. The first, owned by the Collingwoods, he sailed in the late Edwardian era, along with Jamrach, a boat owned by neighbours. First real taste of dinghy sailing.

    The Swallow (the one in the OP photos) was bought along with Mavis in the late 20s for use by himself, the Altounyans and their children. He was gifted this Swallow when the Altounyans returned to Syria.

    It was sold when Ransome moved to the east coast in the 30s. There, he had Coch-y-Bonddhu built. This boat was used as the basis for Scarab and, as we read in The Picts and the Martyrs, Scarab 'was as close to Amazon as the boat builders could make her'.

    Later, Cochy was sold (to the Young family) and a third Swallow was built for Ransome.

    Mavis is, if you like, the outlier. It is said that no-one particularly like her: she was too narrow and too tippy for children. And therefore I think we should consider Coch-y-Bonddhu a better fit for the literary Amazon, and the second Swallow as the stable, working boat, ideal for the Kent estuary as built by Crossfields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    One dozen (?) toilet rolls, crew of five, four months?

    ...Surely not.

    Andy
    Big rolls, though. Like the round bales of hay that need a forklift to move around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    The provisions came from a ship chandler in Southampton.

    There are two things that you cannot get now, at least not in Britain, and they are dried egg and tinned butter. I don’t particularly miss dried egg powder, but I really do miss tinned butter.
    One of our provisioning wins last trip
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    A couple of fray bentos pies made it too, for those special occasions.

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    Andrew, when sourcing supplies of tinned butter for a trip some years ago we contacted The Royal Geographical Society, who run expeditions. They enquired " how many pallets do you want? "
    We were able to negotiate a smaller amount, I think it came from Holland. Dried egg is available through, you guessed, Amazon.
    Jeremy.

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    Default Re: Swallow. As in “Amazon”.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Burnett View Post
    Andrew, when sourcing supplies of tinned butter for a trip some years ago we contacted The Royal Geographical Society, who run expeditions. They enquired " how many pallets do you want? "
    We were able to negotiate a smaller amount, I think it came from Holland. Dried egg is available through, you guessed, Amazon.
    Jeremy.
    Terrific! Thank you, Jeremy!
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    I have just thought that that stores list is further away from us in time than it was from the writing of “Swallows and Amazons”

    1928
    1974 … 46 years
    2021 … 47 years

    I feel ancient, but I am delighted to learn that everything on that list is still available.
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    We've bought an other material fishing boat /tender/inlet commuter and can get it into a mud berth below the house 1/2 tide, sort of, nearly. Like 10 minutes past 1/2 might not work......
    Which brings to mind the word " Quant".
    And splatchers.

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    ... and clothesline mooring! / Jim

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