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Thread #94329   Message #4111527
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
26-Jun-21 - 07:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
Subject: RE: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
And now for some real pendantry –

leeneia & Jeri & cotton screwing: Come to find out, the cotton would absorb water through leaks in the hull,...

Not heard this one before, any examples?

Steamboats and steamships are two different vessel types; also, screwing in cotton and cotton screwing are two different things in Yankspeak.

Riverboats were wide and flat and very lightly constructed to minimize draft. If you google (or whatevs) “riverboat” & “cotton” you should return mostly images of baled deck cargo. Hay, hemp, cotton &c wasn't packed, it was stacked. 'Screwing' was the entirely separate, land-based baling process.

Otoh screwing baled cotton, or hemp, into the hold of a steamship requires interior volume & blue water gauge construction (scantlings) to take the compression loads that would open up a typical Mississippi riverboat.

Granulated sugar usually went about in sealed barrels (hogsheads) or bulk barges. No screwing in any case.