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polystyrene balls and the dead sheep – which would be burned in the desert outside Kuwait City. By the end of February 1965 the vessel was back at sea. This unusual method of salvage was costly and known to be used only once. Krøyer applied for, but was refused, a patent on the method. The offi cial reason for rejecting the application was that the same method had already been used by Donald Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, who in a magazine back in 1949 had re-fl oated a boat by pumping it full of table tennis balls. S V I T Z E R – S A F E T Y A N D S U P P O R T AT S E A 51


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