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Question of margaux (10.29.2015): What were the greatest dangers on the boat? A: The worst danger on a boat is fire. Rooster (the cook, coq) could do the kitchen in calm weather. Bad weather would turn off his stove.
Disease was also dangerous because it could soon shrink a boat into a small space.
Other dangers came from external phenomena: storms, calm (exhausted food supplies), enemy ships...