Sparks made a wee error ! - Ships Nostalgia

Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

Sparks made a wee error !

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Old 23rd November 2006, 21:55
Super Moderator
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1962 - 2005
Join Date: Feb 2005
My location
Posts: 7,146
Sparks made a wee error !

On all Brocklebank ships and in this case the MV Mahout the engineers supplied the " Radio Shack " with distilled water . On Mahout the 2nd R/O was dispatched by the Chief RO to get some distilled water to top off the batteries . I was on watch and obliged by checking the salinity of the distillate and then filled his bottle from the distillate pump discharge which had a small "pep cock " for the purpose of taking samples .

NO PROBLEM ! until when next they had run out of distilled water ( Which Happened To Be In Port with everything shut down including the Evaporator )

The 2nd R/O went down the engine room looking for someone to give him his "fix " of distilled water and found nobody there ( Smoko ) .

Being an intelligent lad he figured he knew where to find the distilled water as he had see me draw from the Evap. He filled his bottle and then went and topped off the batteries in the Shack.

A rapid degredation of the batteries ensued and all were write offs and had to be replaced before we could sail !!!

Our Evaps were Atlas and when running worked on a vacumme of about 26 inches . When they are shut down they fill up with salt water !

Batteries dont like salt water .

Poor lad !
The only people on board who gave him any sympathy were the Engineers as in our opinion he had shown a lot of inishitive ( wheres the bloddy spell check ??) in at least knowing where it came from !! Just bad luck we were in port at the time .
Enjoyed the extra time in port while the problem was sorted out .
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd November 2006, 22:20
K urgess K urgess is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
My location
Posts: 83
Poor little sparklette.

I suppose his supremo was most put out but everyone else bought him a beer for getting more time in port.
Reply With Quote
Old 24th November 2006, 01:04
Super Moderator
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1962 - 2005
Join Date: Feb 2005
My location
Posts: 7,146
Thats absolutley right !!
Reply With Quote
Old 24th November 2006, 20:41
holmsey's Avatar
holmsey holmsey is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 176
Leccy got it wrong too

During my time on SSA’s MV Cretic one of the electricians arrived on the starting platform as I was going to check the distilled water output, I showed him how to check the output by taking a sip from the test cock, he was impressed by the flavour, little knowing I had slipped a shot of ‘Rose’s Lime Cordial’ into the mug beforehand. The next day he took a mug to quench his thirst and complained most strongly to the watch that Holmsie’s water was the best and that they were useless at making water. It was months before he found out the truth.

Jim H
Honest Chief, it came away in my hand!
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Super Sparks K urgess The Radio Room 104 15th November 2012 21:14
How to find all the voyages made by a specific ship? benjidog Ship Research 12 3rd July 2011 16:01
Critical System Error Message Moulder Computers and The Internet 5 11th October 2006 15:30
Home made scanner for 35mm slides chrisp9au Cameras, Photography and Equipment 8 9th September 2006 02:04
Ferry crash - human error rushie News and Views from the Shipping World 0 7th August 2006 10:33

Support SN

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.