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 Posted: Wed Feb 13th, 2008 12:26 pm
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Bet I can offer an example of at least one of those omissions, TD.

When we visited the Monitor exhibit at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News last year, we learned one of the bazillion patents the Monitor produced was the first flushible commode on an ocean-going vessel. It was an unwieldy device to be sure, using sea water and thus requiring the turning of a sequence of valves in the correct order to clear the head and avert disaster. Otherwise an occupant might be forced to bail, as it were.

Also learned why the 'head' is called the head, but this is a discussion board of mixed company. Anyway, I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with the poop deck, if I'm not mistaken. :)

Last edited on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 01:02 pm by PvtClewell

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