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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 07-02-2009 10:59 AM 1764 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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planks washed ashore in Britain from a shipwreck

In early February, 2009, in rough seas 14 miles off the coast of Sussex, England, Russian cargo ship Sinegorsk lost its load of 1500 tonnes of sawn timber, which washed ashore on the beaches of Kent. The police issued warnings, but scavengers came out in force.

Daily Mail has several great shots of people braving the icy surf and a high wall to claim the lumber, which is apparently still the rightful property of the original owner, according to law. Police were powerless to stop the looters, or didn’t care hard enough :) The article and comments shed a little bit of contradictory light on the maritime laws.

I think this is one of those times when you rent a flatbed truck, or in this case, a “lorry.”

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 01:04 PM

“That’s an interesting piece of furniture.”

“Thank you. I built it from stolen knotty pine.”

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 01:15 PM


I was thinking more like:

“Whoa, where did you get this second house?”

“I stole it from the ocean.”

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 02:31 PM

A lumberJocks dream

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 02:52 PM

i imagine there are allot of folks

“pineing away “

over this !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 03:29 PM

Way more fun than an oil tanker loosing it’s load. ——Interesting.
Thanks for sharing.


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#6 posted 07-02-2009 03:37 PM

The beaches are fouled with driftwood. Great story.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 04:29 PM

Maybe there just plane board!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#8 posted 07-02-2009 08:47 PM

I remember Yorkshire Stewart telling us about this 6-7 months ago. He said it was on the other side of the Island from him so he didn’t benefit, or he wouldn’t I think it was the latter.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 07-02-2009 11:41 PM

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#10 posted 07-03-2009 10:44 AM

I doubt if it will lst long. My brother in law lost power crossing the bar at Westport, WA. He washed up on the jetty which is solid rock. He said by the time he and his 3 kids got off, there wasn’t much left but the engine block! I would guess a lot of the lumber will break up in short order too.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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