That is hilarious!
We were alongside, finishing up our boilercleaning and hydrostatic testing the main boilers. One boiler failed, for a reason I can't remember, and we had to partially drain it. I was up top, when the ship suddenly lay over on the dock. I went down to the engine room and met the 3rd on his way up. He was a big guy with a large beer locker, he was soaked all down the front and the sides, but his back was dry. When I get to the boiler room, there is so much water in the bilge, it is well over the deck plating on the stbd side.
With no steam on the ship, we had removed the exhaust valves of the pumps we needed to use, the fire pump and GS pump,( these were big pumps, 8" Piston duplex) and used air to run them. The 2nd sent me on an air hose scrounge in the yard, I had pretty well everything the yard had on hand to to pump out the space.
It turns out the 3rd and juniors decided in the the interest of time, instead of pumping the boiler down through the blowdown valve using the GS, they would slacken off the lower manhole dogs and crack it.
There were 3 foot extensions that screwed onto the manhole studs, the plan was to use them to crack open the door. So they loosened the dogs and gave a good wiggle to break the seal and lost the manhole cover inside the boiler to the length of the extensions. The three of them are wrestling with the cover, trying to get it in place with 16 ton of cold water pouring out. It is amazing they managed to reseat it.
The best part is the only one who really got wet was the 3rd, the water pouring out was hitting him in the belly and being deflected to the sides! The other two were mostly dry.
There were a lot of funny things that happened on there.