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Homeward bound Epilson off Cape Horn

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Homeward bound Epilson off Cape Horn

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The copper ore route from Chile commanded attractive rates of pay, but the captains and their crew more than earned their wages. The route was cruel and often murderous to sail. Sometimes favourable trade winds helped, but these did not usually last very long. The long weary trudge around Cape Horn and the struggle with the Roaring Forties needed brave seamanship and iron discipline

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