Pretty sure four four second dashes were required to activate most auto alarms, Shipbuilder, but you've got me wondering now. I sailed on Overseas Argonaut in '79 - glad to hear they looked after you. A month in Dakar would have been a laugh!Thanks, I seem to have pretty firm memories of only three being needed to set it off, but probably false memories. That is why I didn't mention any number when asking the question - Didn't want to plant seeds of doubt when answering the question. I also used it once at 2230 gmt off the trade routes, and it got loads of responses, and the nearest ship was standing by us within three hours, but we didn't need to abandon (fire) - Three days drifting with Overseas Argonaut standing by, and then towed to Dakar with salvage tug for one month of repairs in Dakar -
Sounds like murder and then listening to everyone telling you that you did nowt!Thanks John,
For me, Dakar was pretty awful. All the repair radio traffic had to go via our satellite, as they didn't want to use the agent. So I was at it from 0800 in the morning to about 2200 at night, enormous repair lists etc. I was allowed out for 20 minutes per meal at first, but when things calmed down, I wasn't confined to the radio room as much. Also, all the crew got freebie satellite calls home once a week that was easy enough, but still time consuming. Just keeping up with the radio accounts was a mammoth task. At weekends, I could usually have half a day off on Sunday, and go to a local hotel for the afternoon. I could have flown home with the rest of them, but not paticularly keen on flying, so remained there so my opposite number could have Christmas at home. On completion of repairs, instead of going back the to UK, our original destination, we returned to the Cape, so in effect, when we got back, I had done two trips in a row (4 months), so consequently got four months off at the end of it, which was great, and worth all the discomfort of Dakar.
A very intersting experience -