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  1. #1

    Jul 2005
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    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 term "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 Transport) 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 golf term.*

  2. #2
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
    3273 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    many older larger sailing vessels carried the s-it as cargo -not a high profit

    type of cargo ---no rush while nessicary it was a "bulk" type cargo--kept the steamers out of the trade in the early days --and yes there was alot of it shipped mainly as fertilzer and for chemicals (nitrates) it was carried often in a dried form to keep weight down---you paid for shipping by weight or cubic feet space depending on the cargo type same as today. no the s-it ships were not the desired job of the day and a sailor had to be hard up to go on it ---but as steam ships pushed the sailing vessels out of the general cargo trade---- the seaman had no choice it was work them or starve (or even worse as far as a sailor thought-- a manual labor shore job)--the s-it trade nitch was one of the few places left for them.---the sorry end of the once proud sailing vessels---by the way sailing vessels thru out history were never known for great food and conditions but these ships were really the pits--Ivan a 27 year merchant marine sailor.



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