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Subject:
ship masts
Response To:
Re:Sycamore ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
In colonial times eastern white pine trees were marked "for the Crown" to be reserved for ship masts. Sycamore is resistant to splitting, something you will soon find out if one is destined for firewood. Could be important for ship masts. Why one would need to go to Indiana to find them is a puzzle. Sycamore grows anywhere damp east of the mountains. In the 1700's it would have been a daunting task to move a sycamore from Indiana to an eastern port.

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