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From: Donaudampfschißfahrtsgessellschaftkapitän (

To: Edward Moron (

Sent: 23-03-2001 17:44 GMT+2

Subject: Re: Your shipyard


Esteemed Mr. Moron,

It has come to our attention that you have not yet scuttled your tugboat HMS Tuggy, anchored at Dock 9B, even though you have been requested to do so in our previuos email. According Regulation 554c Section 22, you must comply within 24 hours or we will be forced to fine you at EUR 10,000.

If you have already scuttled your boat, please use the below attached reply form to update our database.

Email attachment tuggy221.doc.exe

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