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    In a message dated 8/14/2004 10:32:24 AM Central Daylight Time, ... It s always amazed me how many modern blue-water sailors come from places like Kansas and
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      In a message dated 8/14/2004 10:32:24 AM Central Daylight Time,
      sig@yahoogroups.com writes:
      >> A funny abstract idea for the landlocked Czechs!

      >Naaah. There's this litle river called the Elbe that leads straight down to
      >the sea, navigable since the late 18th century IIRC (and certainly since the
      >19th).

      >> I wonder do they make good sailors?
      >Apparently so, strangely enough. The nationalised maritime fleet was quite
      >successful until Viktor 'the Pirate of Prague' Kozeny bought it after the
      >Velvet Revolution and sold it off in bits to make a profit.

      It's always amazed me how many modern blue-water sailors come from places
      like Kansas and Iowa.

      >> What's the Jewish source if you please? I hadn't
      >> heard of this before.

      >Well for a start we have Ibrahim ibn Ya'qub at-Turtushi, who in the mid-10th
      >century
      >travelled down from Pomerania to Magdeburg and thence to Prague, before
      >going home to Spain via Fulda and the Rhineland.

      For whom I'm still look/begging for an english translation.

      <periscope down>

      - Steve Butler
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