Wonder if this was a question from Suez Canal's Jimmy McGregor and his special edition of the Karma Sutra (Smoke)Hi,
Can any friend throw light on the origin of the story about the ship agent interviewing candidates for a donkey-greaer job by asking them “Can you grease a donkey?"
To quote Basil Brush again...BUM BUM......Wonder if this was a question from Suez Canal's Jimmy McGregor and his special edition of the Karma Sutra (Smoke)
Americans got to see that outside Tijuana, but I think it's been discontinued.When I was at college there was an older lad who'd been in the RN. He told me that he saw a "donkey show" in Beirut. He was very disappointed that they put a large washer (sounded like a rat guard in his description) on the donkey's thingo so that it wouldn't go all the way in. Presumably that donkey had been greased, if only to instill some interest in what wasn't after all a lady donkey.
Where are you now, Tarquin?
Every time I visited an ER on a US steamship, there would be at least one paperback book by the boiler, and a chair.I sailed a Great Lakes C4 conversion named Joseph H. Thompson as a Fireman/Watertender 19620402-19621206-Thompson-FWT,
Firemen/Watertenders - FWT - operated the ships' boilers including making sure there was sufficient water in the boiler at all times. This involved looking at the water level on both boilers and adjusting the boiler feed water pressure by speeding up or slowing down the steam turbine powered boiler feed water pumps.
Underway during each four hours watch Firemen/Watertenders replaced all of the fuel oil burners with cleaned ones. Then cleaned those he removed to be replaced by the next watch. Sometimes there were fuel oil strainers in the fire room that the FWT would clean.
When the ship was maneuvering the FWT would light off or extinguish fuel oil burners as needed to maintain proper steam pressures. FWT was also responsible for speeding up or slowing down the boiler forced draft fans as needed to provide enough air to avoid smoking.