The Sea Cadet, No. 9, Vol. 2, May 1945

Hundredweight drums o f paint are carried up the gangway amidships During the break, the ordinary seaman discovers that his shoulder muscles are aching and his hands are stiff.“ Smoke-oh ”is hardly over when a lorry arrives alongside with deck stores. Stores inevitably come at an awkward time. Just as inevitably the lorry cannot get near the fo'c'sle head. In any case, No. 1 derrick is down, so the stores must be man-handled aboard. Hundredweight drums of paint are carried up the gangway amidships and along the foredeck to the forepeak. Coils of rope which seem just right for carrying when lifted off the lorry in­crease in weight with each step up the gangway. The newcomer finds he is not so strong in the knees ashe thought. By the time the stores arc aboard and stowed away it is eight bells and dinnertime. At two bells, of the afternoon watch, the now familiar cry of “Turn t o ”means the squaring up of Nos. 3 and 4 hatches. The novice is now losing his feeling of nervousness, and begins to use his initiative he takes on his part of the work without waiting to be told what to do. Before the poop can be dealt with, another lorry arrives with the stew­ard’s stores, and the ordinary seaman urges his tired muscles to bear sacks of potatoes and boxes of tinned foods up the gangway, thankful for the fact that the steward’s storeroom is amidships. Carrying the steward’s stores aboard is usually rewarded by a “hand-out ”of tinned fruit or a tot of rum to the older men. This is known in fo’c’sle parlance as“ oodle.” The poop is squared up in the same manner as the fo’ c’ sle head ropes to be coiled, and the slack of wires to be reeled. Then it is “On sea boots, and out brooms,” to wash the decks. At two bells, in the first watch,dog all hands knockoff work and the w'ash- down gear is stowed away. During teatime there is talk of going ashore for the evening, but news comes that the ship is to leave dock in an hour’s time. The order comes “Single up.” The newcomer finds himself on the fo’c’sL head under the watchful eyes of the Chief Officer and Boatswain. Rat guards are unship­ ped and heaving lines coiled wire springs arc castoff and hauled in­board breast rope and head rope are hauled on the whir­ring drums of the windlass until there is one head rope left on the bollard ashore. A tug slides up under the fo’c’sle Ahead. heaving line is thrown and the ordinary s e a man takes his place in the line of men who haul the towrope up by hand and take a few turns around the bitts. The last head rope is hauled aboard and the tug takes the strain on the towrope. The ship now moves slowly away from the quay and into the locks. Here heaving lines and wire springs are passed ashore to check the way on the ship. As the water in the lock falls, the seamen are busy adjusting the wires until the lock gates open, when the wires are hauled aboard and reeled up for the last time.Out in the river the tug is castoff and the ship goes to her anchorage. When in position to anchor, the brake is knocked off the windlass and the cable rattles through the hawsepipe, allowing the ship togo slowly astern until the brake is tightened. Meanwhile, the ordinary seaman hoists the anchor ball on the forestay. Eight bells have gone the seaman has had a tough day, but he now knows that an ounce of practice is worth a pound of theory. By two bells of the first watch, he has had awash and is ready to crawl into his bunk. Before he gets there, he is told that he has the “graveyard ”anchor watch— four bells to eight bells in the middle watch— but that’s another day. Barometer and Thermometer When the Glass and Thermometer both drop low, South-east winds, with rain, will blow Should the Glass below, but Thermometer high, South-west winds and rain are nigh Should the Glass go up, with Thermometer low, Northerly winds, and sleet, you’ll know By Lieu t.N. N. Hearse y But if Glass and Thermometer both do rise, R.N.V.R. (Sp) The fairest weather you may surmise. (St. M arylebone Unit) 259
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