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Old 1st Sep 2013, 16:52   #3 (permalink)
RJM
 
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That's no joke. Read about the fate of Sir John Franklin's expedition in the Erebus and Terror, trying to get through the N W Passage.

The Erebus and Terror were so named because they were 'bomb ketches' - ships with hulls specially strengthened to take the forces of large calibre mortars mounted on their decks. They were supposed to be hard for the ice to crush. They weren't. Everyone died - but only after eating their shoes, belts and wallets to stay alive. Their remains and diaries were found years later.

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