Tuesday, 17 May 2016
The Register (Adelaide) Thursday 19 August, 1915.
cryptic telegram from George, an inland
town on the south coast of Cape Province,
on September 15 stated that a fisherman
had picked up, a mile outside the
fishing grounds, a piece of wood
16 ft. long, without sign of decay, and
with neither barnacles nor weeds,
posed of two pieces joined together, one
being 5 in. wide and the other 3 in. wide,
both 21/2 in. thick. The wood appeared to
be portion of a steam pipe covering, and
was of tapped pitch-pine, painted black,
with moulding on one side only.
It would be unlikely for such an object not to have gathered barnacles over a period of 6 years. But one never knows....
ANDREW VAN RENSBURG
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