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Re: An aside
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Re: southern suppliers... ()

Hank Knight
Southern live oak was an important commodity in the 18th and early 19th Centuries, before iron and steel became the materials of choice for maritime construction. The huge curved trunks and branches were extremely dense and rot resistant - perfect for ships' stems, knees and other curved parts. The U.S. Navy was very jealous and protective of live oaks and Congress enacted criminal penalties for people who cut live oaks on federal land without authorization.
See here:https://www.maritimeprofessional.com/blogs/post/live-oak-13806

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