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Re: Live Oak
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Ships stores ()

Hank Knight
Live oak trees, the classic Southern oaks you see with low branches draped with Spanish moss, were prized for the curved structures in ship construction: stems, knee braces, etc. The wood is very hard, resilient and somewhat rot resistant. They were and are plentiful in the coastal Piedmont areas of South Carolina, Georgia and North Florida. One of my ancestors owned a large plantation on the St. John's River just south of Jacksonville. For many years it provided naval stores to the British and the Spanish who fought over the territory. The plantation was immune to the conflict because both sides valued the products and protected the plantation - until the Spanish the the Indians burned the family home and ran them off the land in the 1840s.

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