Old Ships: page 8 of Beeches, Boreholes and Badgers

Tall Ships carved into the Rusland Beeches one dated 1835. The Big Ships coming into Furness in 2016 are likely to carry a nasty cargo of nuclear waste.

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Tall Ships carved into the Rusland Beeches one dated 1835.  The Big Ships coming into Furness in 2016 are likely to carry a nasty cargo of nuclear waste.

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When I was growing up there were 100 trees – beautiful, strange beech trees with equally beautiful and strange graffiti.  The carvings included a coppice workers hut and at least three trees had carvings of the old sailing ships with high masts and rigging.  They dated from 1835 according to the numbers carved alongside the images.

Maybe they were carved by sailors docked in Ulverston?  At about that time John Barrow from Ulverston was ‘The Man at the Admiralty’ who was sending ships out on mad missions to find new trade routes for the Empire.  You could say that he was the trail blazer for globalisation and the tree graffiti is living history.  You could say that  – and people did object…

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