Of shipwrecks and animals
posted 1-Dec-2018  ·  
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In 1964, a freighter carrying 6,000 sheep capsized and sank in Kuwait’s harbor. With so many dead animals underwater, Kuwaitis worried that the rotting carcasses would pollute the water. A way had to be found to lift the ship and remove the sheep before the harbor was contaminated. Danish engineer Karl Kroyer remembered a comic book in which Donald Duck and his nephews raised a sunken ship by stuffing it full of ping pong balls. The idea was worth a trey, so Kroyer had 27 million polysterene balls injecvted into the gull. It worked – thanks in part to Donald Duck.

Two Maori women were the only survivors of a canoe accident off New Zealand. As a dead whale floated by with the harpoon still stuck in it, they used the line from the harpoon to haul themselves aboard the carcass and then floated 80 miles to safety.

In 1852, the British steamship H.M.S. Birkenhead sank three miles off the African coast. Captain Wright was one of the last to abandon ship, and when he finally made it to shore, he was greeted by another of the survivors… his horse.


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