Sunday, April 17, 2005

This Week In History - 17 April

Two Thousand, Three Hundred years ago today saw the birth of modern Naval Combat. Icarus the son of Daedalus, while escaping from Crete on wings made of wax and feathers, flew too near the sun and the wax melted. His plunge into the Aegean Sea ended when he crashed into a Cicelian fishing boat that was arguing with a Greek boat over the placements of some nets.. The Greeks returned home and told the tale of the destruction of their rival. Soon all Greek boats were staffed with wax winged slaves which were sent out to plunge onto rival fishing boats.

No really.. that's how it happened.

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