My pet hate, BIG RATS. I never come across many on Bankboats, except as a first trip Apprentice on the old Myrtlebank.We were clearing everything out of the tonnage space, old rope, fenders etc that had been there for years, the senior Appy was up on deck of course, and I was down below, shifting the stuff out and making it fast to a heaving line. It still makes my skin crawl, when I remember bending over and putting my hands down to grab something, when at least six massive rats scurried out through my arms and close to my face
. I broke all records getting out of there, traps were set for a couple of days, and rats caught, but when work resumed I suggested the other first tripper go below.