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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2011, 10:58:22 pm »
Slightly unusual 'lost overboard by an idiot':
Quote from: 2 June, 1917
Lost by armed Guards of s/s "Elve" & "Bernisce" through torpedoing of vessels by enemy submarines. Pistols Wesley .6. Belts Waist .7. Pouches Cart. Pistol .7. Holsters .7.
Which begs the question: why did they only lose 6 pistols? ???

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2011, 11:04:26 pm »
HMS Constance in Bermuda had a hurricane pass directly overhead on 21 Sep 1922

I would have copied the entries but I was halfway through before I realised.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-74051/ADM%2053-74051-012_1.jpg
(also see entry pm re man overboard from Capetown)

HMS Constance, Bermuda. 25 Sep 1922

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-74051/ADM%2053-74051-014_1.jpg

1000 Court of Inquiry held aboard to inquire into drowning of Sto of Capetown


HMS Constance, Bermuda. 27 Sep 1922

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-74051/ADM%2053-74051-015_1.jpg

1300 Lost overboard by accident during hurricane 3 Sails wind, 1 Boatswain Piper, 5 Broons Bass, 9 Scrubbing Brushes, 2 Brooms hair, 3 Buckets wood, 113 fathoms Cordage Taned(?) 1? ", 4 Squeeqes


I see also Dictionary.com has: squee-gee - Origin: 1835?45;  originally a nautical term; of obscure origin

Capetown was also there and records it all hour by hour.  It records HMS Constance drifting 100 feet from the basin wall during the hurricane, and then just after it eased HMS Dartmouth had a fire in one of its boilers and Capetown sent a fire party to assist them.
And finally and tragically later that day a stoker drowned, falling into the basin from the jetty outside the dock - John J Lineham, Stoker 1, O.N. K 20284.  I'll post him in the records of death as well.
Fascinating to read Constance's records as well.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-72547/ADM%2053-72547-087_1.jpg

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2011, 11:13:27 pm »

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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2011, 11:15:44 pm »
See if you can detect the pattern:

Welland's log, 3 April 1915: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-68368/ADM%2053-68368-004_1.jpg

6.5 Commenced coaling.  Lost overboard by accident 4 coal bags. 

6 April 1915:  http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-68368/ADM%2053-68368-006_0.jpg

5.50 Weighed.  Proc'd alongside SS Harlseywood. Commenced coaling.  Lost overboard by accident 5 coal bags.  47 tons.

11 April 1915: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-68368/ADM%2053-68368-008_1.jpg

10.15 Commenced coaling.  Lost overboard by accident 6 coal bags.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2011, 11:17:11 pm »
HMS Bramble 6 July 1919 Muscat

"Hands washing down.
Lost overboard 1 thermometer No. 10860 and guard.
New thermometer in use No. 2816"

Really vigorous washing, that.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2011, 11:19:09 pm »
HMS Bramble 9 March 1919 off Muscat
Having been buffetted all night by force 8 winds and a heavy swell that destroyed a steam launch and washed mats and buckets overboard:

"4 clinical thermometers, 18oz measure, 12dr. measure, 1 eye cup, 1 earthen bed pan broken by vessel rolling & pitching.
4.0(am) Heavy sea, decks flooded & ship labouring heavily. Lost overboard 3 - 4in 12pdr drill cartridges."

Hope the bed pan was empty ...

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2011, 11:19:24 pm »
Juno's log, 28 January 1917: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-45477/ADM%2053-45477-017_0.jpg

7.5 a/c N56W  1 Hazelwood fender lost overboard by accident.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2011, 11:21:03 pm »
HMS Carnarvon, 6 October 1915

3.00am  Sounding as requisite

5.00      Lost overboard by accident 1 lead & 60 fms sounding wire

8.00      Lost overboard by accident 1 lead & 50 fms sounding wire

Didn't lose anymore after that so presumably someone explained that you were supposed to hold on to the other end!  ;D

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2011, 11:24:34 pm »
Often food is lost overboard. This time a weapon is on the menu  ::)

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-53895/ADM%2053-53895-008_0.jpg
'Pistol Mark 1 Reg No 20649 lost by accident while boarding duties were being carried out'

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2011, 11:25:57 pm »
HMS Mantua, Sierra Leone, 1917

I searched but I couldn't find this catastrophe mentioned on the forum:

Lost overboard out of sling
1 pkg chocolate 50 lbs
8 "     milk
1 "     limejuice, 10 lbs, broken
1 "     limejuice   "         empty

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM_53-48296/ADM%2053-48296-006_0.jpg

Caro, did you just search in this thread?  This incident had its very own thread:
http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=1062.msg9909#msg9909

There is no way I could have just glossed over a tragedy of this magnitude!  ;D

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2011, 11:27:15 pm »
This habit of losing things is catching.  Careless lot, weren't they.  ::)

HMS Tarantula on Friday 20 April 1923

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM%2053-86756/ADM%2053-86756-026_0.jpg

soft hair broom lost overboard by accident

(I'm still trying to work out the first word(s) of the entry; despite the lovely handwriting the occasional thing verges on illegible.)

The first word is one. One broom lost overboard.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2011, 11:28:41 pm »
Colne 10/01/1918

"Lost overboard by accident in bad weather: -handle for sounding machine, Pat:1306..."

Is the 'Pat' the patent of the machine? and what is all the writing after this bit?  ???

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM53-38218/ADM%2053-38218-008_0.jpg

EDIT: Is the writing directly after this, more items that have been lost overboard?

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #27 on: November 02, 2011, 11:29:29 pm »
"One dustpan lost overboard by accident"

I look forward to the day when some poor soul gets written up for "One dustpan lost overboard on purpose".

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #28 on: November 02, 2011, 11:30:36 pm »
HMS Moorhen 3 Dec 1920 Hong Kong

'Blocks wood 4" Two lost overboard by accident'

"Devastated" ship's team withdraws from All China Hopscotch Championship.

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Re: Lost overboard by an idiot... (...or any other reason!)
« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2011, 11:31:55 pm »
HMS Woodlark 26 Feb 1919 Changsha

"Canvas bucket (1 Gallon) lost overboard by accident"

Versatile.
What other types of bucket can we lose?