What was the amount of water that could be held in the keg?I want to know how much water that can be held in their keg (water supplies).

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Kegs come in all shapes and sizes, so there is no certainty about the amount of water inside the keg that Timothy managed to haul aboard the raft in Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. Historically, kegs (also knows as barrels, casks and vessels) were originally used to house items such as nails and gunpowder. Today, they most often contain alcohoic beverages such as beer. The sizes vary, depending upon the country in which they are made and the type of liquid that is contained within. Older American beer kegs (or barrels) contained 50 gallons, compared to wine barrels (32 gallons) and oil barrels (42 gallons). Some barrels have been routinely made as large as 256 gallons. Types of kegs have been used since ancient times to house and ferment wine, for transporting oils, and even for gold coins. They proved to be much sturdier than bags or sacks. As far as the keg rescued by Timothy, Phillip mentions that it "was about two feet long." It's anyone's guess, but it could well have been an old wooden barrel in the 50 gallon range. It would have held more than enough water for their voyage to The Cay.

freedomfreedom | Student

I think 50 litres

 

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