SOLILOQUY ON SILOS
Seaman Explaning Overleave
Headed " Soliloquy on Silos" the
following was printed in " The Observer",
ship's paper of the D. S. S.
Lexington, with an editor's note that
the statement was turned in by a seaman
to explain why he was overleave
and that names and dates are changed
for obvious reasons. Except for these
deviations, the statement is presented
as it was submitted:
" D. S. S. Long,
September 20 1937.
From: R. E. Wilson, S2c, DS Navy.
To Commanding Officer.
Via Division Officer 1st Division.
Subject: Overleave, Reason for.
" On Sept. 7, 1937, I left the ship on
ten days leave at my brother's farm
in Cobblerock, Ark.
" On Sept. 10 my brother's barn
burned down, all except the brick silo
which was damaged at the top by the
bolt of lighting which started the
" On Sept. 11 he decided to repair
the silo right away because he had to
get his corn in. I was going to help
" I rigged a barrel hoist to the top
of the silo so that the necessary bricks
could be hoisted to the top of the silo
where the repair work was going on.
Then we hauled up several hundred
brick. This later turned out to be too
" After my brother got all the brick
work repaired there was still a lot
of brick at the top of the silo on a
working platform we had built. I
said I would take it all down below.
So I climbed down the ladder and
hauled the barrel all the way up.
Then I secured the line with sort of
a slip knot so I could undo it easier
" Then I climbed back up the ladder
and piled bricks into the barrel until
it was full.
" I climbed back down the ladder.
Then I untied the line to let the
brick down. However, I found the
barrel heavier than I was and when
the barrel started down, I started
THE BLDE BO NET
up. I thought of letting go, but by
that time I was so far up I thought it
would be safer to hang on.
" Half- way up, the barrel hit me on
the shoulder pretty hard but I still
" I was going pretty fast at the top
and bumped my head. My fingers also
got pinched in the pulley block. However,
at the same time the banel hit
the ground and the bottom fell out of
it letting all the brick out.
" I was heavier than the banel and
started down again. I got burnt on
the leg by the other rope as I went
down until I met the barrel again
which went by faster than before and
took the skin off my shins.
" I guess I landed pretty hard on
the pile of bricks because at that time
I lost my presence of mind and let
go of the line and the barrel came
down and hit me squarely on the head.
" The doctor wouldn't let me start
back to the ship until Sept. 16, which
made me two days overleave, which I
don't think is too much under the
NAUTICAL QUESTIO AIRE
1. The narrow fore- and- aft stl'akes
inside of a boat, secured to the frames,
on which the thwarts rest.
2. The curve of the gunwale which
shows the difference of height above
the water at stem and stern over that
3. A piece of gear used as a preventer.
4. Any temporary rig, usually refelTing
to a make- shift rig to serve
the immediate purpose.
5. Run the buoy down.
6. The buoy is visible above water.
7. Refers to a sailing vessel luffing
up dead in the wind, usually indicates
out of control.
8. Said of a vessel when a sea
washes over from astern.
9. To pretend.
10. One who is habitually evasive
and indirect in making replies.
u. s. s. Houston- 7- 9- 38- 900.
That Irish potatoes
are native to
That the average
American eats his
weight in meat each
That there are fifty- five different
ratings in the D. S. Navy?
That the first vessel to fly the Stars
and Stripes was the 18 gun schooner
Ranger, whose captain was John Paul
The origins of much of nautical
vernacular are so ancient that many
terms of the sea have been u ed so
long inland that most regard them
as a part of local speech. ' Cut a dido'
refers to the British H. M. S. Dido,
which, before coming to anchor, would
make a few extra turns around the
fleet to show off. ' Douse the Glim' is
a reference to the practice of lowering
the lantern into an empty pail
so it could not be seen. ' Hard up,'
Figure head,' and greenhorn' are also
from the sea.
NOT BAD, HEH!
Two stuttering blacksmiths had
finished heating a piece of pig iron,
and one placed it upon the anvil with
a pair of tongs.
" H- h- h- h- hhit it," he stuttered to
" Wh- wh- wh- where?" asked the
" Aw- h- h- h- hell, we'll have to heat
Last night I held a little hand,
So dainty and so neat,
I thought my heart would surely burst,
So wildly did it beat;
o other hand that I held so tight,
Could greater happiness bring,
Than the hand I held last night'
Twas four aces and a king.
" What do you take for your insomnia
" A glass of wine at regular intervals".
" Does that make you sleep?"
" No, but it makes me satisfied to