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    Re: Lightning at sea - James Cook
    From: Lisa Fiene
    Date: 2004 Oct 16, 08:36 +1000

    Couldn't resist also throwing in the actual entry from James Cook's log:
    "About 9 o?clock in the Evening we had much rain, with some very heavy
    Claps of Thunder, one of which carried away a Dutch Indiaman?s Main Mast
    by the Deck, and split it, the Maintopmast and Topgallantmast all to
    shivers. She had had an Iron Spindle at the Maintopgallant Mast head
    which had first attracted the Lightning. The ship lay about 2 Cable
    lengths from us, and we were struck with the Thunder at the same time,
    and in all probability we should have shared the same fate as the
    Dutchman, had it not been for the Electrical Chain which we had but just
    before got up; this carried the Lightning or Electrical matter over the
    side clear of the Ship. The Shock was so great as to shake the whole
    ship very sencibly. This instance alone is sufficient to recommend these
    Chains to all Ships whatever, and that of the Dutchman ought to Caution
    people from having Iron Spindles at their Mast heads.*"

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