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Poem: "Leaves Upon the Water"
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From: technoshaman.dreamwidth.org Date: March 24th, 2017 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Q. macrocarpa's relative, the live oak (which is sort of an umbrella term for oak that is (a) green all year and (b) tends towards watery habitats), is the secret of the USS Constitution.... the live oak doesn't make for very long boards, but it's very dense and springy and tolerates moisture as well after being cut as before... Old Ironsides was made by sandwiching short boards of live oak between traditional long boards of white oak (the usual English shipbuilding material. The result was a hull off which cannonballs literally bounced... and why she is still in commission to this day.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 24th, 2017 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow!

I did not know that. How fascinating!
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