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    Build your Bilge Rat Racer!

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    On early sailing ships,Β rats often nested down in the bilges of the vessels - andΒ could beΒ found scurrying around aΒ ship's galley where food was prepared. They alsoΒ nibbled on passengers' belongings,Β asΒ recordedΒ byΒ Frederick Edelsten in the diary of hisΒ 1867 voyage to Adelaide onΒ the clipper shipΒ City of Adelaide:

    'A grand rat hunt tonight in the Doctor's cabin. We killed two after some scrummaging, and found that they had begun to eat his shirts ...Β  '.

    Join us at Dock 2 toΒ bolt, hammer, glue,Β solder and decorate your own battery-powered, bilge-nesting stowaway, then 'scurry'Β it alongΒ our three-lane five-metre testΒ track. How fast can your rat scurry? Let's measure it!Β  Β  Β  Β Β 

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