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Andaman, South China, Java, Sulu, Celebes, Molucca, and Banda ~ and note that if the Dutch has settled Australia from the northwest instead of the English from the east, the Dutch East Indies and associated carry trade would have extended through the Timor and Arafura Seas and it would have been "I've sailed the Nine Seas" as a claim of old salts on Western ships who had participated in the Southeast Asian carrying trade.

Though imagine if you'd sailed the Southeast Asian carry trade, and also Southeast Asia / PNG / Solomons / Australia / New Zealand ~ there's the Timor, Arafura, Bismark, Solomon, Coral and Tasman seas as well off to the east and southeast of the Seven Seas. You could say, "I've sailed the Seven Seas, and the Six as well", and really confuse those who've never been in the great Southwest Pacific Archipelagos.

If pressed to guess, I'd be guessing that of the seven, it was the Molucca Sea that they missed. Going through the straits takes you through the Andaman Sea, Java Sea and Banda Sea, and there's a HK / Manila route that runs west of the Phillipines through the South China, Sulu and Celebes Seas to the Pacific Ocean.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 02:56:41 PM EST

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