A book about Lego parts sunk in the sea has been published
25 years ago, or rather on February 13, 1997, off the coast of Great Britain, during a severe storm, part of the transported containers fell off the board of a cargo ship and went to the seabed. Among them was a container containing 5 million Lego pieces.
Upon learning of what had happened, the Williams family, living on the coast of Devon and Cornwall, started searching for treasure. Every trip to the beach has revealed washed up pieces and minifigures from sunken building blocks.
The little girl Tracey Williams was so fascinated by this activity that she devoted her family to the search for the discarded cubes. Lego 25 years of his life. At the same time, she made her own hobby public domain: she talked about the finds on social networks, and then even wrote a special book. By the way, in it she notes that she is most amazed in this story by the fact that the minifigures found on the beach were from marine-themed sets.
Tracey Williams’ unusual project has aroused great interest among Lego fans. As a result, many of them, including those from the United States, began to fly to England specifically in order to personally participate in the hunt for the drowned. Lego treasures.
Moreover, the author’s project of the Englishwoman prompted scientists to conduct a broad study, the results of which were published last year. Specialists from the University of Plymouth studied the details found on the coast of South West England and confirmed their 25-year-old age. This, as well as weighing the “bricks” and comparing them with modern counterparts, led to the conclusion that Lego parts can remain intact in sea water for about 1.3 thousand years.
“Lego products are one of the most popular products in history, and durability has always been part of its appeal,” said Andrew Turner, assistant professor of environmental sciences. “The pieces are purpose-built to be played with and built many times. Therefore, it is not surprising that, despite being at sea for decades, the figurines are very well preserved.
This is how the extraordinary childhood passion of one girl helped, in fact, to make a whole scientific discovery.