A Conversation for Chemistry of the Group 11 Elements - Copper, Silver and Gold

Copper-opolis (Swansea)

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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Just discovered, from BBCs 'Coast' programme, that Swansea (S. Wales) was once known as 'Copperopolis' as it supplied two-thirds of the World's copper.

This was instrumental in the success of Nelson's Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar as his ships (including Vicory) were quite literally 'copper-bottomed'. This prevented infestation by barnacles and thus Nelson's ships were significantly more manoeuverable than the French ships.

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