The one man band

How many of you out there spent hours sitting at one of these. Then again how many of us are there left that played in the three man band. After Planes, Fore Plane and Wheel. ???????????????????????????????

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Nutty
 

Jack77

War Hero
As a former virtuoso of the one man band, I take my hat off to those who worked in threes. I find it hard to understand how three men could coordinate themselves enough to keep a good depth. Obviously it could be done, but I fail to see how. Can someone explain?

I have observed American planesmen at work, all junior rates, however they have a CPO sitting right behind them literally telling them every move to make.

I did enjoy the freedom the OMC gave me to use my own initiative to order minor trim adjustments and to use whatever plane and rudder angle I thought best, rather than being conned onto a course, speed or depth by the OOW.

BTW Nutty, the picture looks like the OMC in HMAS ONSLOW, a place where I spent many a happy hour! After the initial learing curve I enjoyed being a planesman, and when it came to underwater looks etc. I did like the bit of extra pressure.

OOPS! can I say underwater look in this forum or must I now shred myself?
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Whilst doing Signalmans duties on A's, P's and O's did regular stints the on the helm and forward 'planes, later in life did my dues on the af t planes, somehow, normally it normally just worked.
 

aaaaa

Badgeman
It was not fun doing your stint, the worst place to do this was portland or at perishers you were only too glad to get relieved and get a brew. you just hoped that the officer of the watch could get his trim right.
 

ettridge

Badgeman
aaaaa said:
It was not fun doing your stint, the worst place to do this was portland or at perishers you were only too glad to get relieved and get a brew. you just hoped that the officer of the watch could get his trim right.
On the OTTER helm and foreplanesman .WATCH THAT FU**ING BUBBLE .
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Hmmn good dit's probably.

Suppose you had to be there at the time for it to be amusing.

Maybe the answer to this multi-tasking is to get a woman to do all three- fried eggs aside, it would shatter the cost of driving these Nuclear gas-guzzlers.
 

bigbungy

Badgeman
Ninja_Stoker said:
Hmmn good dit's probably.

Suppose you had to be there at the time for it to be amusing.

Maybe the answer to this multi-tasking is to get a woman to do all three- fried eggs aside, it would shatter the cost of driving these Nuclear gas-guzzlers.
And when you were deep u could put it in 'george' and wet the kye!!!
 

Bluetot

Lantern Swinger
Nutty said:
How many of you out there spent hours sitting at one of these. Then again how many of us are there left that played in the three man band. After Planes, Fore Plane and Wheel. ???????????????????????????????

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Nutty
Been there done that, two As and one O boat as bunting tosser we used to do sailors watches on the helm and planes. The one man band on the Otus was great especially when 186 ing, put the worm gear in and relax.
 

x4nd

Lantern Swinger
Battery ventilation, ships ventilation not shut down, checked correct by voltage, flow meter and graph; therefore ready to snort port and starboard sides. Never sat at the OMB. :wink:
 

Polycell

War Hero
ettridge said:
aaaaa said:
It was not fun doing your stint, the worst place to do this was portland or at perishers you were only too glad to get relieved and get a brew. you just hoped that the officer of the watch could get his trim right.
On the OTTER helm and foreplanesman .WATCH THAT FU**ING BUBBLE .
By me the after planes man as I screamed bubble in the wood!!!
 

UncleAlbert

War Hero
The middle watch had settled down
All playing chase the bubble
but when the stern started to rise
they knew they were in trouble.
“We’ve lost the trim†the dabtoes wailed
“So what can we do nextâ€
now it was all down to the OOD and
The stoker on the 6 valve chest





Down in the donk shop midst the pipes
Our hero could be found
Tending to his valves and pump
To send us up and down
No ordinary stoker
his job demands the best
a man who knew his onions, was
the stoker on the six valve chest.

Not for him a lever bar
Or a joystick yoke
And to him an auto helm
was a bleedin joke.
With his trusty wheel spanner
He put it to the test
Pumping water here and there.
The stoker on the six valve chest

So you lot thought you had control
And that you drove the boat
But when it came to buoyancy
You never had a hope
He was the one who had control
And never mind the rest
cos he make you up and downable.
The stoker on the 6 valve chest.
 
Another classic UA. I really don't know why you weren't made Poet Laureate instead of Ploppy (Andrew Motion). :idea: I thought the piccy was of a really good model, then realised it was the real McCoy :oops:

Incidentally I didn't realise boats have those modern, trendy glass fronted wine fridges. Is this to refresh the 6 wheeled Stoker after a spell on the green steering wheels? :wink: :lol:
 

UncleAlbert

War Hero
It`s all a bit indulgent Steve ……one for all the old `diesel weasels` out there.

ps. That fridge is a pump starter box.
 
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