Pat Shingleton: "Manure Storage"
Andy Ezell advanced this item. In the 16th and 17th centuries, supplies were transported by ship. One product, needed by agricultural interests, was manure. Dry manure, was lighter as "collectors" would bundle the substance. The bundles were stored below deck for the journey and in the open sea, salt water and storms often soaked cargo in the lower holds. Wet weather returned manure to its original form activating the fermentation process; increasing methane gas. A ship's lantern, in close proximity to the stowed manure, caused explosions and the loss of several ships. The British Admiralty insisted that sailors stow the manure bundles high enough off the lower decks to eliminate water contact. The decree also insisted that all bundles be stamped with an acronym identifying; Stow High In Transit.