The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #94329   Message #1824858
Posted By: leeneia
01-Sep-06 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
Subject: RE: Suger in the hole
Historical note - in the olden days, people used to ship cotton by packing it as densely as they could (screwing it down, perhaps) in the holds of ships. A lot of the ships disappeared.

Come to find out, the cotton would absorb water through leaks in the hull, swell, and break the ship apart. Sad. It must have been a terrible way to die.