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I found this bit of trivia in an article on cooperage in rural Britain. It makes perfect sense but still came as 'news' to me:

 

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Kinda makes you wonder what the coopers did on the return journey once their lovingly made barrels were filled with rum? Maybe added to their hard-drinking reputations?

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 On the return journey I Imagine it was pretty tough for a cooper to stave off boredom. 

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Maybe on the return, after emptying the barrel, they took it apart?     Ok... I leave quietly. coat_32.png.13b2c0d38987777cb321d710836f07c1.png

 

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 Mark, we're picking low hanging fruit from the same tree.........maybe they shot hoops to fight off boredom? :rolleyes:

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I suspect that on the return voyage the coopers tended to the barrels. They may well have required some maintenance after being filled and stowed in the hold. They were known to leak on occasion. Hoops needed to be set down to tighten them occasionally.  Just a guess, though. I've no historical authority to cite.

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