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    Quote Originally Posted by j.sabourn View Post
    #13 Just seen Des ...hope you put the chocolate box over the ships side discharge , dont want it going over all the Quay , and rotting people’s shoes do we . Cheers JS

    JS #19 No,Graham didn't take the bait,and he wondered what the hell you were on about.You and your bloody coefficients ! In my day we only learnt A to E,but without being disrespectful to an Ancient Mariner,John(!) ,I wondered if F was an obsolete coefficient that you used to know.In fact I was sorely tempted to e-mail Happy Daze' and ask him to ask his compass adjuster friend in Melbourne for his take on coefficiient F,and did it at one time ever exist...
    Now,to more important things,am I right in thinking that the 'chocolate box' just mentioned is a more delicate term to what we more uncouth mariners called (and I use the past tense,because I'm sure they don't use them these days), a 'sh*t chute cover' ?

    Off to my bunk now with my damp copy of Sea Breezes,which this month features an article about 100 quaint,amusing,but totally useless nautical terms every sailor should know....Galligaskins is a good one,though rather impractical I would think for working on deck
    Next month there will be an article on Practical Compass Adjusting,with special focus on Flinders Bars,Lord Kelvin's Balls,and the elusive F coefficient. i can't wait .

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    #21. Thanks Graham I am now a bit wiser myself re the F flag and coefficient there is always a way to find out from others in a devious way so as not to show ones own lack of memory. As regards the chocolate box could not remember it’s correct name . as today there are no discharges into the harbour and all goes into a septic or sludge tank , many will not know what I am talking about . It’s a good job this is in writing and not by voice as probably no one would know what I was tarking aboot. Whenever I went home on leave it was very hard to talk propa as every second word was a cuss word so I was always very silent in any company ashore, my wife used to say it just showed lack of vocabulary when one used naughty words. Probably why I was so keen on the younger generation being told to sit there and only speak when spoken to . Anyhow thanks for the enlightenment about the lack of F in coefficient.. Ta la JS..
    PS I wonder if today one would be fined if caught peeing over the rail into the harbour . If so Des May owe the harbour authority’s a lot of money ? Those lifeguards on Bondi Beach must have a helluva job trying to enforce the law. JS
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    Further to #22. Do the coefficients not remind you of that song,.... A you”re Adorable, B your so Beautiful, C your a cutiful of Charm, D your delightful , and E your Exciting and F your a Feather in my arms. Already Ivan is up dancing !!. So coefficient F if it ever arrives will be known as the feather correction. Cheers JS
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    John, being from the catering side of the ship I do at times get names wrong.
    Yes I know the Gimbles and what they do , but blank mind syndrome attacks when you least expect it , so just the only word you can remember.

    Funny thing about that complete compass set was that no one else appeared to notice, but then again it was in a bar.

    As to thj Chocolate Box cover, well know on UCL I am informed.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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