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The British Dreadnought Vanguard's launching weight was 10,250 tons, a thousand tons heavier than any other battleship ever launched. The chain drags coiled on the ground on either side of her weighed 450 tons. Seventy; barrels of soap and £200 worth of grease were required to make her slip sweetly into the water. The pressure on the sides was two tons to the square foot. The yield of British death duties in the current financial year up to February 13th has been £15.520.000, and as the Budget estimate of the yield for the whole of the year, which will end on March 31 next, was £19.500,000, a sum of £3.071000 would have to be collected during six a/no r.-ha!f weeks, vritL an average of .".000,0<X) a week, in order lo lus'.itj thr ti'.iinate.

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Page 8 Advertisements Column 2 Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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