20 Were the tools for marking cargo?
The tools found in the unclaimed suitcase were originally thought to have been the type a ship’s Third Officer might use to cut stencils and mark-up cargo.
Above is an example of what a shipload of cargo looks like prior to loading (circa 1945)
It would appear that the tools found in the Somerton Man’s suitcase may not have been up to the job.
Colonel Wassily de Basil organised the Ballet Russes’ tours of Australia and had a reputation of being tight with his outlays for both costume and slipper replacements, so much so the dancers were at times expected to do the job themselves.
I watched as she took us through the process of building a ballet slipper, 10 minutes, found her on YouTube sitting at her work table going through the items she needed to build a shoe. There weren’t many, among them a last*, a pair of scissors, a cutting tool and a pencil. Thread.
*A last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. It is used by shoemakers in the manufacture and repair of shoes.