cargo jack

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A large screw jack which was used in the stowage of cargo. Cotton and hides were always jacked into a hold, in order to compress them into the smallest possible space so as to be able to stow the maximum quantity. Richard Dana describes the process well in that classic of marine literature Two Years before the Mast. The modern equivalent of containing cargo in the most economic space is the container ship.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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