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Fadac Last Voyage of the S.S.Possum (45) RE: Last Voyage of the S.S.Possum 30 Jun 99

Freddy Fadac here, second mate. We are course for Jacarta. Plenty of oil in the bunkers, at least we don't have to shovel coal.

Sparks is working on the wireless. He got the reciever working, but won't be able to get the main transmitter on line for a while yet. The Radar is hopeless, as is the depth finder, so we might have to sling a lead like in the old days.

Steve did get the power on, so we have the lights back. Good thing we kept the old oil lamps.

The Captian, well, I havn't seen him all day. He usualy showes up for the dog watches. By the way, it's almost time for the 1st dog watch. Moe the first mate will come up for a couple of hours so I can eat, then I'm back on for a couple.


Break; This is the old time four on four off watch system. This was used under sail. Some ships, like the Polar Duke that I sailed on used a differant system of six hour on, the six hours off, repeat untill you make port. Switch at 12 and at 6.

Here is a web page that explains the bell time. Thanks to the Sea Scouts: I'll try the blue clicky thing:

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