Good Morning, Followers!
Do you remember that I mentioned that Commodore Lima was traveling aboard the TS Kennedy this week? I forgot to tell you about a very important delivery that he made. In his carryon bag, he had a safety valve for the ship’s water maker. This machine turns salt water to fresh water. The pipe measured about 12-inches in length and was about 4-inches in diameter. It weighed about eighteen pounds. When he passed through airport security, he had a hard time explaining what this unusual item was and where it was going. Airport security workers see a lot of unusual items being brought on planes but they are not used to hearing a story quite like this.
Have you learned to sew with a needle and thread? Sewing is a useful skill to have aboard a ship – and I don’t just mean so that you can attach a button that falls off a uniform or repair the hem of your pants. As I walked on deck this week, I saw cadets stitching canvas covers. The covers will be used to protect controls and levers from the harsh elements. This will be especially important as we head for home.
Yesterday, I stopped to observe a class of 1/C cadets. These Marine Transportation majors were learning to secure cargo. They were discussing breaking strength vs. safe working load (SWL). Again, securing cargo is important at all times, but especially when we are in rocky seas.
Captain Michael J. Campbell