No safety harnesses at all in those days, different story today of course, so much gear on it is difficult to bend down and connect the shackle!! Never saw anyone get washed over the side, they usually came up the deck, collecting a bum full of splinters, off the wooden deck, on the way!
Great life being chased up the deck by containers, anchors, and anything else that moved. Lasooeing the buoy could be a bit hairy depending on who was driving - anchor-handling different today where they can do it head to weather using joystick.
Initially sailed on 1st phase OIL boats with little freeboard and decks awash just steaming, then on Seaforth vessels which had a bit more freeboard although nothing like todays AHTS.
Sailed on Seaforth Conqueror, Seaforth Commander, Seaforth Clansman, Seaforth Jarl (she sank in Canadian waters after anchor chains demolished the bulwark and opened up the tanks), and finally Seaforth Highlander where I had an argument with a rig chain off the Norwegian Coast.
Yes brings back memories, water flying out of the neck peice of your oil skins and been litterly spun round under water while arms wraped round inboard crash barriers while reversing under rig to catch tying up roaps of rig(Swing that lantern)