Seascout-Net Mail Archive for May of 1999: A little humorscouting
A little humorscouting
David T. Minasian
Tue, 18 May 1999 00:38:18 -0400
The following account was discovered in the files of a small New England
shipyard noted for its construction of fine wooden sailing yachts. The
employee in this instance was applying for sick leave...
I had been given the task of adding trim ballast to the soon to be
launched =93Alice=94 hull # 34-968.
When I arrived at the boat I realized that the deck, being some 12 feet
above the ground would require me to rig a beam with a pulley with which
to hoist a number of barrels of lead pigs. Having done that and tarring
the lead pigs appropriately in place in the bilges, I had to remove the
extra unused pigs.
I climbed down the ladder and hoisted the empty barrel back up and
secured the line at the bottom. I then went up and filled the barrel
with the extra pigs. Then I went to the bottom and cast off the line.=20
Unfortunately, the barrel was heavier than I was, and before I knew it
the barrel started down, jerking me off the ground. I decided to hang
on and half way up I met the barrel coming down and received a severe
blow on the shoulder.=20
I then continued to the top, banging my head against the beam and
getting my fingers jammed in the pulley. When the barrel hit the ground
it burst its bottom allowing all the pigs to spill out. I was now
heavier than the barrel and so started down at high speed. Half way down
I met the barrel and received severe injuries to my shins. When I hit
the ground I landed on top of the pigs, getting several painful bruises
from the edges.
At this point, I must have lost my presence of mind because I let go of
the line. The barrel then came down giving me another heavy blow on the
head and putting me in the hospital.
I respectfully request sick leave.=94
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