Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ship High In Transit

Just a few interesting facts for you!

Manure... An interesting fact Manure:

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the letters S.H.I.T. (Ship High In Transit) on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Ship High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day. You probably did not know the true history of this word. Neither did I. I had always thought it was a term used after someone shouted BINGO


Living Life said...

Thanks for those interesting facts. I did not know that about manure. It reminds of the story today on the news about the sunken ship found off the coast of FL which contained gold coins. Some say is belongs to Spain. We'll see.

Tracy said...

I laugh every time I read this bit of interesting information. Who knew?!!

LadyStyx said...

Funny no matter how often one reads it.