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A tale of sinking ships, violent storms and dark, watery graves. The Celts of the Island of Man once believed the only antidote to such misfortune was to carry the feather of a wren. On occasion, a dead wren was even placed in the ship's hull to prevent shipwreck. This was a primitive time before life jackets, flare guns and Coast Guard rescue. The wren was a protective talisman and foolhardy was the sailor who ventured out on the raging sea without a wren's plume.