Fond memories of large flogging spanners being dropped from engineroom skylights on steamships as this was even higher up than the top catwalk of the cylinder heads causing the landing behind you to go off in your ear like a twelve bore shotgun being let go. The only warning was a cry " below " followed by the three foot long spanner landing on the chequered plates, definitely not for the faint hearted. Even if you were working on an open crank or on top of the turbine casing this was an experience never to be forgotten. They used to say our old firm had a majority input concerning health and safety regulations and looking back on it all I can well believe it. During my five years no one ever " copped one " which was just as well considering the velocity the flogging spanner must have attained on contact with the deck.
Remembering The Good Old days, when Chiefs stood watches and all Torque settings were F.T.