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Frank Scott
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    What you are referring to is the ‘Grandfather’s Axe Paradox’, whereby the object remains the same although all components have been changed. In the maritime world this does not just apply to wooden vessels. Steel ships can also have massive re-builds yet still be the same ship. An obvious British example was the aircraft-carrier HMS Victorious (R38), which was first commissioned in 1941, but so totally re-built 1950-58 (angled deck, longer, beamier, heavier, etc) as to be unrecognisable.