One repair option that the city experimented with was oakum
packing and cement patches.
According to a work Liber ignium ad comburendos hostes (On the Use of Fire to Conflagrate the Enemy) which was allegedly written by some Marcus Graecus from the 9th century this fire was made from sulphur, resin, oakum
, oil and some other components.
They douse oakum
with kerosene from cans, toss it around in different places, set it on fire, and quickly join the hooting and hollering crowd that crosses over from this shop to others, following the drum signal.
Without a supply of hemp for sails and rope and oakum
, Britain's navy would collapse in less than 18 months.
In the period leading up to 1899, women's prison labor had included, variously, stone breaking, pumping water from a well, picking oakum
(41) (assigned to the Lock Hospital prison inmates), beating and preparing coconut fiber for mattress making, cooking prison food, washing prison clothing and bedding, and cleaning.
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Wadding between the shot and powder was generally oakum
or old rope teased apart over thin cork or paper.
- WHITE MOUNTAINS TO TAKE MINORITY STAKE IN OAKUM
We found out about the "money for old rope" that Victorian prisoners could earn from oakum
picking - pulling apart pieces of old rope to be re-used.
Another is burning small balls made of oakum
above a cloth covering the patient's head or another body part, or pouring, also above the patient's head, liquid wax into a container filled with cold water .
Work done by the male inmates included breaking granite, grinding wheat, picking oakum
and scrubbing floors.
Team archaeologists believe that the lack of water circulation in that tight space, plus the presence of an oily substance, perhaps caulking oakum
, may have inhibited bacteria that normally consume organic material.