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    The late D. K. Brown defined ‘condenseritis’, or ‘wrapperitis’ as it was also known, as:

    impingement attack on the brass sea water tubes (either 30% copper, 69% zinc, 1% tin, or later 40/60). Such attack is critically dependent on water velocity which was higher in turbine ships but it had not occurred at the slower speed and lower usage of peacetime. This was a problem in all navies until the thirties when it was cured by the addition of 1 % aluminium.

    Apart from the later addition of aluminium he refers to above, he suggests in his book on the Grand Fleet that there was no real solution other than carrying more spare tubes.