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Galway via Iceland -1923

Porridge Photo; virtualSteve Creative Commons
Porridge
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The Queenslander 14th April, 1923

HOW SEA WATER SAVED A CREW.

An Irish magistrate, referring to a report that the crew of a sailing ship lived for a month on beans cooked in sea water and were only prevented by rain from perishng of thirst, tells of an earlier incident which, he thinks, may be useful, as it shows the value of oatmeal under similar circumstances.

About 20 years ago a small vessel, manned by four men, was carried north almost as far as Iceland while trying to reach Galway. It was some weeks before they finally made Lough Swilly, where they drifted ashore. The captain had to account for the loss of his vessel before a magistrate. He said he believed the crew would have perished but for a bag of oatmeal among the provisions. Oatmeal requires salt, and they made porridge with salt water, a wholesome and palatable food that served both as food and drink.