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    Re: Sperm whale buoyancy.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 Mar 22, 19:50 -0000

    To follow Robert Eno's mention, and mine, of "Whales and Men, by R B
    Robertson, I can't resist quoting a delicious passage, referring to
    the various types of home-brewed liquor to be found on the whalers'
    land-base at Leith harbour, South Georgia.
    
    "The best variety, ot at least the one most to my taste, was that made
    from raisins and laced, to increase its strength, with compass fluid.
    (The few old-fashined magnetic compasses on the small craft attached
    to the island consume, the Norwegian bosun told me, around fifty
    gallons of pure alcohol per year, and the two thermometers at the
    meteorological station are almost equally thirsty)."
    
    Similar problems with alcohol based compasses are the main reason why
    nowadays, they are filled instead with a most-unpalatable oil.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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