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A Brief History of Naval Smoke Screens

Navy boats. Smoke screen

PortandTerminal.com, July 5, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – In warfare, a smoke screen is used to mask the movement or location of military units such as infantry, tanks, aircraft or ships. The concept of military smoke screening dates back at least two thousand years. One of the earliest documented uses of the smoke screen in combat was the burning of green vegetation by the …

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The Age of Scurvy: When 50% of the crew would die

Illustration by Gustave Doré from a book-length edition of Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Scurvy was responsible for more deaths at sea than storms, shipwrecks, combat, and all other diseases combined.

PortandTerminal.com, January 31, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – You don’t hear much about scurvy these days. Often mentioned in maritime history books, the disease is thankfully not something that most sailors need to worry about any longer. Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C and takes approximately six weeks to set in. When trips by the sea were …

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