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Ib is gravely asserted thab the ship Mowhan, on leaving Belfast for Columbia River, United States, took on board aa ballast 2000 tons of Irish soil, which, when levelled off, made quite a stretch of ground, and as the soil of Ireland is proverbially fertile, the ship's company proceeded to put ib to good use by plant* ing a stock of cabbages, leeks, peas, beans, and so on, on it. The seeds oame up all right, and the plants flourished finely, and, when bhe ship was m the tropics, grew with great rapidity. The crew and ship's Apprentices amu-ed them* selves by weediug and cultivating the plants, and all had green vegetables to their heart's content. As they oame round the Horn the garden was replanted, and by the time they reached bhe equator again everyihiug was a-bloom, and all the hands feasted on freshly gathered vegetables daily. The only drawbacks m the garden wore the weeds, which grew so rapidly that they could hardly be kept down, and the drove of pigs which were kept m the farmyard attachment, and which on several occasions, when the ship was bucking into a nor'-easter and rolling heavily, broke out of bounds and made serious inroads on the garden. The lasb pig waa killed and served up with green vege* table just before tho Mowhan enbered Columbia river. On the arrival of the Mowhan at Portland the Irish soil was discharged on the wharf, and piled up neatly, so thab any exiled patriot who desired a bib of the '* ould sod " conld be accommodated. Pretty big ship thab required 2000 tons of ballast. Ib ia generally supposed thab lighb is essential bo bhe growth of vegetables ; perhaps the Mowhan had glass decks.

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FOR THE MARINES., North Otago Times, Volume XXXVI, Issue 8472, 14 May 1896

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FOR THE MARINES. North Otago Times, Volume XXXVI, Issue 8472, 14 May 1896