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Would planking burn?

Disposal of Stockton's "Ton" class minesweeper is of interest. I understand this type was of composite construction - that is aluminium, alloy frames and mahogany planking. Machinery is non-magnetic alloys.

Whether this vessel has much "Arisings" value is questionable and Able UK may not be interested, unless actually paid to break-up, as per obsolete US Navy ships.

One would think it worthwhile to carefully remove and re-use high grade mahogany planking, yet I've seen photos of similar "Ton" class minesweepers being broken up in an Antwerp yard. Demolition method was by hydraulic, crane- mounted Nibbler which simply chewed up the hull into firewood. Whether timber fragments could be burned at the Wilton power station is another matter. I've a notion the planking is impregnated with a fire retardent in which case the material wouldn't incinerate.

Do the authorities know any of these points?

G B BUTLER, Stockton
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Title Annotation:Gazette Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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