Merlyn wrote:Not wishing to cause people nightmares ref my Carbide Light letter and as to date no one seems foward enough to own up their association with same, thereby disclosing age I follow with an more amusing story ref the light. As no one has owned up to personal knowledge I would conclude therefore that no one can say :I heard that one before: without blowing their cover and age. Approx 1963 we were doing piston liner change, from memory the engine in question was a B&W, job done myself and another apprentice boxed up the top end, but apon startup a peculiar rattle was heard. This was a Friday and the chief said he was not satisfied with the repair, the noise was not a knocking noise but a light tapping sound like a cam follower, intermittent at that. He stated that the following Monday the head would have to come off again and added that possibly one of you wretched boys had left their carbide lamp on the crown and should this be proven then there would be big trouble. Now the other apprentice had been caught out over a shaft key way he had cut out, when the charge hand had checked the feather key fit he had discovered that the only reason the key was an interference fit was because the apprentice had ballpeened hammered the key way as it had been cut too wide. As he was also my friend he was very worried that perhaps we had cocked it up, we knew the night watchman who was left on the dead ship and so I agreed to go in on the Saturday as no one else was there and whip the head off again. We got the head off in record time and a good inspection revealed thankfully no problems.Monday morning the Chief turns up and says get that head off, I want to see if one of you boys has left your carbide light in there, I am sure that's the problem. Every one says behind his back what an idiot to say we boxed it up with the light in there. Well off comes the head again in not such a quick time and to the utter amazement of everyone in the enginerooms on the piston crown sits the light. There says the chief, I told you so all the time, and bending over announces: and the bast.rds still lit!
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