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Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« on: November 02, 2011, 10:16:30 pm »
Lost overboard

Janet Jaguar supported the suggestion* that it might be interesting to have a separate thread for lost overboard items.
I thought I would try to collate the various entries from elsewhere - I have done a search within 'Riveting Log Entries' and another one from the forum's home page, but I may easily have missed some entries...

Anyway, I'm starting one with this:
HMS Clio, Red Sea, 12 Feb 18


'One Coir Fender lost overboard by accident, also one anchor stock (40 lbs)'
Feel free to add any more you come across!  :)


*reply 1098  - second from the bottom
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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2011, 10:22:26 pm »
Ok, so we're all used to seeing "Lost overboard [spanners, rope, bucket, bag of potatoes etc]"  how about this one from Christmas Day 1917 -

"0.20 Seedie boy overboard."
 "Stop and recovered."

Did he jump or was he pushed? And what is a Seedie boy anyway?

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2011, 10:24:29 pm »
HMS Perth, 30 Jun 1918, Gulf of Aden

'Lost overboard by accident Brooms Bass. 1 Broomhead Pat: no. 457. 1'



I somehow seemed to have missed this cataclysmic event in Churchill's 'History of the English Speaking People'...

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2011, 10:27:58 pm »
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1400 1 Hammer (2lb). 1 Cable Punch (starting). 1 Cable Punch (driving) lost overboard by accident.
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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011, 10:31:06 pm »
Wow.  Someone lost a lot of stuff boarding a ship, and not such a harmless loss either.

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Lost Overboard boarding "Pestalozzi"
1 Waist Belt
1 Ammunition Pouch 1 Frog 1 Bayonet 80 rounds of 756 Ammunition, 1 Jig, 1 cleaner.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rogwherm

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2011, 10:33:02 pm »
Destroyer HMS Torch has just experienced 3 very sloppy days.  See the links for details, but here is the summary:

Oct. 14th, they lost a torpedo during exercises and had to spend hours looking for it.
Oct. 15th, they kept looking, with divers.
Also on Oct. 15th, they lost overboard a very complex mock buoy.
Oct. 16th, after further looking they had to give up.

No one's idea of fun.  What kind of torture do the other crews in the flotilla perpetrate on them after this mess?

EDIT:  This was added to their woes on Oct. 19th, making for a very, very bad week!!
     Drifter No.32 put hole in ship's side port side abreast 49 frame.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011, 10:34:17 pm »
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-46016/ADM%2053-46016-015_1.jpg

Not much to celebrate on board the Lancaster on Christmas Day 1916. More coal, shovels and other items (indecipherable ?) accidently lost overboard.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2011, 10:35:17 pm »

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-46015/ADM%2053-46015-014_0.jpg

More items lost overboard.
Apparently pollution of the sea it was not a problem then.

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2011, 10:36:28 pm »
To add to the long list of objects lost overboard:

After food and a dish, here comes a table cloth. Will the fishes get one day a table?  ::)

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2011, 10:38:40 pm »
HMS Ribble. Mediterranean 1917

The skipper has just returned from 3 weeks leave in Blighty, and what happens?
(No, his name is not Jonah.)

"The following gear lost overboard on 18th, 19th & 20th Nov. owing to heavy weather:
B11. drums steel, 25 gals - 5;
K Drum broeburn oil 25 gals-1;
B10.2 cans tin oil 1 gal-1;
B8 Hoses wash deck canvas 40ft- 2;
B9.78E Hook brass, boat, gun metal large- 1;
Ward Room meat safe,
stern light,
1 leg of after torpedo tray,
2 canvas covers for ammunition boxes,
2 ward room ventilator covers.
The following gear damaged by heavy seas on 18th, 19th, & 20th Nov:
Port after stokehold ventilator cowl,
shell rack & lumber rack port side.
Screens round chart house & round foremost gun platform carried away & stanchions of latter damaged.
Berthon boat;
cover for berthon boat & for port & starboard bins & shell racks.
Cover for sweep wire drum. Canvas screens for port & starboard sponsons 
Sounding machine carried away.
Leads for night sights & loading lights of all guns, leads for bridge searchlight & chartroom lights, all engine room & stokeholds' leads.
Damage sustained in No. 6 Mess: 6 sections of lockers, 2 tables, 2 benches broken, one jar sulphuric acid broken.
Bolts torn from deck on starbd side rendering Provision room leaky thereby damaging the following stores - tea 5lbs, Peas 60lbs, split peas 10lbs, flour 110lbs, cocoa 15lbs "
 
Sulphuric acid in the Mess ??? Didn't they have vinegar for their chips (French fries)?

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2011, 10:41:37 pm »
HMS Ribble (June 1917)
The voyage got off to delayed start when we clattered a steam barge in port. Since then we've had a warehouseful of equipment lost/washed overboard, failures in engineering equipment and coaling machinery; but here's a chance to shine.

"2.0(pm) Rec'd SOS signal from Japanese destroyer Sakaki in Lat 36 10N Long 23 51E proceeded at once to her assistance.
3.0 arrived found Sakaki torpedoed  & Maku screening her. Sent boats to Sakaki for wounded. Passed towing wire
3.10 Sakaki in tow stern first
3.25 French destroyer arrived Got wounded aboard & hoisted boats. Set co SSE for Suda Bay
3.35 Jed joined escort
4.0 Partridge II joined escort
4.35 Jed proc'd to escort Osmanieh
6.15 Partridge II proc'd to Suda to report arrival
6.30 Gazelle joined escort
7.15 Increased to 150 revs
8.5 Towing wire parted
8.30 Secured Sakaki's wires, proceeded
11.23 passed boom. Bow shut grating, 1 15ft oar, 3 crutches lost from whaler. 1 brass crutch lost from berthon boat when nearly swamped by wash of H.I.J.M.S. Mat~~
0.20(am) Anchored
0.40 Tug John Payne went alongside Sakaki & towed her to Dalhousie
1.0 Hospital boat came alongside for wounded
1.35 Pipe down" 

Not Tracey Island & International Rescue standard, but impressive until spoiled by a dozy allied vessel.  >:(
"Did anyone get the number of that truck?"

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2011, 10:43:23 pm »
Again an item to add to the long list of lost overboard.

This time it is a peace of a sounding gear. I hope I deciphered correctly what it was.  ???

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Looks like 'one Sinker, stray line and tube' to me.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2011, 10:45:19 pm »
Another private has lost his cap overboard: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54575/ADM%2053-54575-004_0.jpg
Also, my wonderful (if muddle-brained) log-writer has been replaced by someone with horrible spiky writing and a really bad pen.:(
Edit: Only a day later, Private Smith loses his cap again - 'accidentally' this time: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-54575/ADM%2053-54575-004_1.jpg

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2011, 10:49:30 pm »
They are having a careless day on HMS Lancaster (1st Nov 1913)

...in the afternoon
Lost overboard by accident Reflectors yard arm Pattn. 614 1 in No

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2011, 10:52:32 pm »
From log of Victorian 3 August, 1915

Officers at sword drill, lost overboard 1 bayonet and scabbard

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