I spent my first year at sea aboard the small tanker 'Aptity' in the foreground right. Hard working vessel carrying gas oil or spirit then molasses then Lard or Tallow then maybe luboil or cottonseed oil etc lots of very primitive Tank Cleaning !!!! regards
awateah2 - I to was on the Apitty, for 6weeks in 1968, talk about tank cleaning! after discharging lard, you had to go down with a bucket and muslin cloth, and get every bit dryed lard off the heating coils [they were off] and polish every thing, untill the inspector was happy, we had a indian cook, so it was curry just about ever day, when I paid off, I had to throw most of gear away, as it stunk , of stale lard-curry-molasses, when we went ashore just about every cat-dog, use to follow us down the road, a few publicans made us sit outside and bring the beer to us. we got some funny looks, from passer-bys, sitting outside in the pouring rain drinking beer and laughing are heads off, oh happy days,!!!
It sure was, coming out of the tank from washing out lard in the middle of January . It used to congeal all over your clothes !!! in 1961 we only had hot water in the Galley and a cold salt water shower so we had to bathe out of buckets carried from the galley on the starboard side to the excuse of a bathroom with a wooden bench on the port side . Clothes were committed to the deep frequently !!! The tank cleaning was done with the 'Pig', a contraption allowing seawater through with live steam to the washing hose !!!! . Coal galley range and coke central heating furnace so when loading spirit etc they had to be extinguished. We had one electric kettle that the cook boiled eggs in to feed us on those occasions. It was a memorable time for sure !!!!! Regards
awateah2. yes I remember the 'pig' very well, as we use to put are gear into a big drum, stick the hose end in and boil 's;;t 'out of it, as it was the only way, you could get the lard-oil-molasses, [nearly] out of your gear, do you remember when discharging lard! you had to down into the tank and 'backwash' the lard when it go bellow the heating coil;s? other wise it went hard, with hot lard from the other tank,? when pumping the last one, you used the 'pig' near the end, hard work but I would do it all again.
Yes, and going down the slippery hot ladder to the steam filled pump room to put the cargo pump into 'circulating' mode to do that job. I can still smell it !!!!! Thanks for bringing the memory back Regards
I think that washing back was one of the worst tasks, hanging on to the tank ladder and hosing the thick residue that had solidified on the sides of the tanks, the hose was circulating boiling hot lard from the manifold as the cargo was being discharged, we wore oilskins and souwesters and wrapped the hose with wadding to be able to hold it, one person was only able to stay in the tank for a few minutes at a time, happy days.