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    Re: Joshua Slocum's navigational methods
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2005 Apr 16, 20:58 -0400

    A commentary on the General Slocum disaster (NYC very early 1900's) remarked
    that at that time, swimming was foreign to the lower/middle classes, at
    least in the city, with something like only 10-20% of the general population
    having any idea of how to swim. I've heard sources say that before that it
    was preferred that sailors did not know how to swim, since it meant they
    could not desert, and they would do everything to keep the ship afloat since
    they woyld drown if it went down.
    
    
    

       
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