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Date Posted: 00:14:21 11/01/16 Tue
Author: carl brechler
Subject: Re: "Post topping"
In reply to: Albert Parker 's message, ""Post topping"" on 11:39:15 10/31/16 Mon

Hi,

A couple of questions, were these British or colonial ships and, if colonial, which part of the colonies. What type of ships were they, i.e. were they (for lack of contemporary terms) intercontinental traders, fishing vessels, coastal traders, traders between the North American continent and the Caribbean, whalers, etc.?

Are you sure that it is a nautical term or maybe a borrowed term to describe an activity that Captain Lewis was not familiar with?

I found frequent reference to post- (and pre-) topping in an agricultural context, particularly in a tobacco related context. I can't see a direct reference here, but got me thinking about cross terminology and jargon. Likely a dead end, but a possibility.

carl

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