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Chris Johnson

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Re: Water in the Lifeboat
« Reply #45 on: April 08, 2012, 10:29:52 AM »

Yes but also the poor old Dodo was flightless but yes an example of where birds with no experience of humans become easy prey.
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Jeff Victor Hayden

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Re: Water in the Lifeboat
« Reply #46 on: April 08, 2012, 10:41:41 AM »

That's correct Chris, it couldn't quite outrun us humans, sad.
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Heath Smith

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Re: Water in the Lifeboat
« Reply #47 on: April 08, 2012, 10:44:39 AM »

Do we know for sure that casks of water were left for future castaways by the Norwich City crew? I thought that I had read this somewhere but I cannot recall where.

I have wondered about the 1940 report from Gallagher where he reports finding “corks with brass chains” thought to have come from a “small cask". These were found with the bones on Gardner. It is interesting that there were multiple chains and corks implying that there were multiple casks since you would probably not require multiple corks for a single cask.

See Volume 15, 1999 pp. 42 – 50, Part 2.

This suggest that if maybe the bones were AE, then she must have found casks on the island since they were not probably packing casks of water on the Electra. I would venture to guess that if any water was carried by AE and FN this would have been in glass bottles or a perhaps a canteen of some sort. It also would seem that the quantity of water carried would be only for satisfying their thirst for the 20 hour trip and was not part of a "survival kit".
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Malcolm McKay

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Re: Water in the Lifeboat
« Reply #48 on: April 08, 2012, 07:17:01 PM »

Yes but also the poor old Dodo was flightless but yes an example of where birds with no experience of humans become easy prey.

Of interest is that the Dodo was not a victim of humans - its flesh was discovered to be absolutely awful to the taste by a few brave souls who tried it. It was introduced vermin that did for it like rats.
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