ERJ staff report (DS)
Cornwall, UK - Yesterday we published a plea from a UK-based reader to identify some blocks of Gutta-Percha. Today, the same lady has sent more images, which to this editor suggest that the cargo has come from a shipwreck, and has only now washed up on the UK coastline.
Our correspondent writes: â€œAbout the same time I picked up the first TJIPETIR block, I noticed dozens of these. I assumed they were modern. Now I'm wondering whether they're part of the same rubber 'consignment' as the TJIPETIR blocks. These 'sheets' are raw rubber too I think - they have the name Senawang pressed into them. If the TJIPETIR blocks are old, maybe these are.
She continues, â€œDoes the SENAWANG Rubber Co exist today? If the rubber fell off a ship this year, it's clearly less of a story!â€
She adds some Google research (see links below). Is there anyone out there who can identify the possible source of this material?
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The Straits Times 15 June 1912 (Singapore)
The Straits Times, 16 May 1916 (Singapore)