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Origin of the Outside Wrecker

Joe_Crow

War Hero
janner said:
Sorry about the delay, just got this answer

As far as I know the word ‘Scratcher’ derived from the fact that he was scratching after the Coxswain Job’ Being one myself many years ago I did the job of running the boat on several occasions until I was recommended for Cox’n. When I became a 2nd Cox’n I was only a UW3, so never held a 2nd class rate becoming an Acting Chief from then on as a Cox’n,. My trade certificate says I was a Cox’n for 11 years and 7 months but I was only made a proper Chief for the last six of my Service.



‘Outside Wrecker’ is of course a different kettle of fish, in the first place it was always an ERA1 whose job it was to look after and maintain all the machinery not in the ER and as ‘tiffies’ had a reputation of ‘If it don’t work, get a bigger hammer!!?’. Hence the word Wrecker.
Cheers for answering the Scratcher question, even if it leaves me a bit bemused. As for your Wreckers jibe, all I can say is you must have worked with hamateurs if they didn't pick the right size tool in the first place.
 
witsend said:
Polto said:
Maybe the scratcher is the scratcher because he's always scratching his head trying to figure out which bollard to put the rope on... :scratch:

Evenin' wrecker... :lol:

Or he's always got a dose.

I certainly knew one who collected some crabs from a Dunbarton Deb
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
This explanation was sent to me by (probably) the oldest surviving Boat Coxn, so it is obviously true!!!!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Joe_Crow said:
janner said:
Sorry about the delay, just got this answer

As far as I know the word ‘Scratcher’ derived from the fact that he was scratching after the Coxswain Job’ Being one myself many years ago I did the job of running the boat on several occasions until I was recommended for Cox’n. When I became a 2nd Cox’n I was only a UW3, so never held a 2nd class rate becoming an Acting Chief from then on as a Cox’n,. My trade certificate says I was a Cox’n for 11 years and 7 months but I was only made a proper Chief for the last six of my Service.



‘Outside Wrecker’ is of course a different kettle of fish, in the first place it was always an ERA1 whose job it was to look after and maintain all the machinery not in the ER and as ‘tiffies’ had a reputation of ‘If it don’t work, get a bigger hammer!!?’. Hence the word Wrecker.
Cheers for answering the Scratcher question, even if it leaves me a bit bemused. As for your Wreckers jibe, all I can say is you must have worked with hamateurs if they didn't pick the right size tool in the first place.

Totally agree, shifters rule OK :wink:
 
I myaself think that Wrecker comes from the knickname for some unfortunate Outside ERA who had a disaster and the knickname stuck and spread as they often do
 
I thought that an outside wrecker was an outside ERA, responsible for everything outside the engine room; concur with Polycell. Scartcher, I thought comes from scartching about on the casing. When I was in general service I was on a ship where seaman were called 'sand scartchers' because they scartch about on the upper deck. I wander if the name scartcher comes from that.

I was scatcher's dickey on two boats, the first one I hated the job on the second I loved it that much that I wanted to be a scatcher. I passed for killick but got a medical dicharge instead.

Happy days though.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
So, what about Sonar Benders then?!??! As I understand it, it is 'cos we sometimes bend them a little, when fixing them with the wrong sized hammer, er, tool. :oops:

NOTHING at all to do with Benders, unless of the alchoholic variety!! :roll:
 
Outside wrecker, a name given as anything appropriate may be made to do the job tooling wise if the correct tool is unavailable and therefore may "wreck the part trying to fix it" or fix it but leave it in a wrecked state afterwards.
 
Sorry for late reply was chatting to an ex Outside Wrecker from Faslane (Retired) in his 80’s and I’d never heard of one, looked it up on the net found this site, that’s the story he gave me for why they called em Wreckers
 
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