1 Nov 1945
Boilers are faithful servants
But I often thought of them as jealous mistresses......ready to strike you with spite
if you should ever neglect them.
The Damage to Musashi has not penetrated into her bowels, so Tan has taken full advantage of
the long period of inactivity.
The Kapong boiler is notorious for clagging up, for splaying around the burners, for terrible losses of
Cleans are absolutely essential
So, while we wait for the electricians to run the cables to the Gun directors, lets
do one, yes?
(After all, no director is worth crap, if it can'r be carried to sea)
Let the boiler go cold, then run all those precious gallons of feed run down to bilge, draining her
While we are doing that, lets open up the furnace door, remove the great big brick.
And while we are at that, lets swing the burners out too
A dozen hands will be busy removing all the casing doors (some the size and weight of a dining room table), stripping of the gaskets, and we have to kick
in the water drum and steam drum doors too.
This boiler was hot yesterday, kick in the steam drum one first, if you do the water one first,
you are going to receive a nasty burst of steam and heat in your face.
Now Hirate will get to work......he will wriggle into that steam drum, and personally
plug the down comers with wooden DC plugs, and make damn sure they are numbered and counted too
The boiler internals must come out (a prig of a job that!)
The space I/C and his boys will now set to work doing the real work -the cleans
When they are done, ( the benefits of now being a Chief) Hirate will climb back in, and inspect
Now for what Tan has needed him for.
Carefully he will inspect the tubes, will use mirrors to look carefully in every hand hold door,
look carefully at the internal gear nuts and bolts.
All inside a tube barely 4 feet in diameter, or from underneath the boiler , where space is measured
The work, obviously is hard, heavy, a real barsted......
Now the doors go back on, the boiler is filled, and the space reverbs to the
PFFFT< PFFT< PFFT of the air pump , and Hirate will watch like a hawk to see if the pressure can be maintained.
First time, frequently, it is not, and the ring of sledge hammers on spanner will ring its own
Once done, dump, fill, refill, treat, and light off......
3 days per boiler
Musashi has many of them.
Hirate does not mind the grime, the dirt, the hard work
It beats doing those endless forms..........
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