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Wooden Hulls, Tumble Dryers and Single Engines

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What has my time as a dive guide on a pioneering Red Sea liveaboard and my Hotpoint tumble dryer got in common?

The liveaboard I worked on, the Lady Jenny V, was built of solid German steel in 1936. I traveled with her down throughout the Red Sea in 1992, where, off the coast of Sudan, Eritrea and Yemen, the only charts we had were drawn by Commander Moresby's cartographers 150 years earlier. To say they were inaccurate is an understatement. I remember one reef being seven miles distant from where we expected it to be!

The upshot was, from time to time we heard the ominous sound of the hull grinding on to a remote reef. We'd run aground. The German steel regularly saved our lives, and I became adept at using the powerful pickup boat to help push our vessel off, tug-like, from the bow....


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