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chained_bear commented on the word cappanus
"... the worm which adheres to, and gnaws the bottom of a ship.
"The cappanus is extremely pernicious to ships, particularly in the East and West Indies; to prevent which, all ships in the royal navy, and many others, are now sheathed with copper: the first trial of which was made on his Majesty's frigate Alarm, in the year 1758."
—Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 71
October 14, 2008