Maryport is a coastal town in Cumbria, in the north west of England, and it has had some notable residents. One of these was Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate on the ship The Bounty, which set sail in 1789 from England to Tahiti, in search of bread-fruit plants. England to Tahiti is one mighty long sea journey, even today with engines, but in Christian’s time they went under sail. Talk to us today if you’re in need of free claims advice in Maryport.
Health hazards of sea journeys under sail – get free claims advice in Maryport
Scurvy was the worst. In these days of luxury air travel, it’s hard to imagine what it was like for those round-the-world sailors to be at sea for months with diminishing food supplies. Scurvy is a skin condition brought about by lack of Vitamin C. Once a ship ran out of fresh fruit and vegetables, the hapless travellers were at risk of flaky skin, bleeding gums and loss of hair, as their body craved this essential vitamin. Naturally, the fresh food was devoured or perished first; after that everyone had to make do with maggoty biscuits. Ship’s biscuits only ever came in weevil flavour.
The next big hazard was violence, which could erupt in an accusation of some misdemeanour and an order to walk the plank, which was an actual plank laid along the deck and jutting out into the sea. Once you were in the drink, there was not much chance of survival. Death came by hypothermia, drowning or sharks. As bad as walking the plank was keel-hauling, by which the prisoner was tied with a rope and dragged lengthways under the hull. If he could hold his breath for long enough he might survive it. Maybe shrewd sailors enlisted to go on smaller boats.
Finally, there were pirates. Of course you can see where we are going with all this. Fletcher Christian was the notorious rebel who started The Mutiny on The Bounty, as featured in the famous film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. Fletcher Christian would not have had injury lawyers Maryport available to him to advise him, but you have.
Injury lawyers in Maryport
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you could talk to injury lawyers in Maryport or equivalent, to see if you have a valid claim for lump sum compensation. Talk to us at Accident Advice Helpline to find out if your claim is valid and to ask how you can get injury lawyers in Maryport to fight your case. Call our advisers on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. If you would like someone to call you back for free claims advice in Maryport, text “CLAIM365” to 88010.
Date Published: 15th December 2013
Author: David Brown