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That's mullet Bill unknowingly draining the canal after pulling the mysterious plug!
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Rudi wrote:That's mullet Bill unknowingly draining the canal after pulling the mysterious plug!
Full marks!
In 1978, a British Waterways dredging gang pulled up a chain which had a lump of wood on the end. This turned out to be a plug about which no one knew. The whole canal between Whitsunday Pie Lock and Retford Town Lock drained away into the River Idle!
Chesterfield Canal Trust said that the plug would have been included in the designs for the canal when the plans were drawn up in the 1770s. Probably forgotten about for around 200 years!

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Brilliant, Rudi! :thumbup:
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Its amazing that the piece of wood lasted that long without rotting away!!
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If kept in an anaerobic environment, old growth wood seems to last nearly forever. Even newer growth timbers last quite well in water with low oxygen content.
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Rudi,
Have look at http://www.ancientkauri.co.nz/zealand_a ... ood/theory" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Then do a Google on Old trees buried.
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Rudi wrote:Its amazing that the piece of wood lasted that long without rotting away!!
There be some bits of British wood wot last over 400 years!
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45,000 years old... that is impressive.
TX for the link.

I am aware of petrified wood, but it was just interesting to understand that in w wet environment the wood didn't actually rot away. Bob's anaerobic environment also makes sense...

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