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Originally Posted by ffiill View Post
Seemingly it was common practise in bad weather just to go down in the bilges!Same I believe was true on men of war right through until Nelsons day.
It may have been common practice, but it wasn't sanctioned by the RN. Sailors were just too lazy, cold, whatever to go up on deck to use the head. On the larger ships, they sometimes had a private head off the captains cabin for his use alone. It was simply cantilevered over the side.

If you think we have problems with bilge odors now, can you imagine? The only redeeming feature of the wooden ships of the day was that they leaked terribly. This brought sea water into the bilge on a daily basis that had to be pumped out, at least providing some flushing of the bilge. I do that with fresh water once a season to keep the boat smelling fresh.

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Tow rag-Convicts being transported were refered to as tow rags by the ships crew for obvious reasons-also believe it or not the convicts as property of "his/her majesty" having been "detained at his/her majesties pleasure" were seen as a more valuable commodity than the ships crew-the same was I believe true on slave ships.Conditions of both passengers and crew on emigrant ships,usually totally overloaded converted slave ships were in fact far worse than on either slave or convict ships.
I was recently reading a book on the history of the Plimsol line(load mark).
There was one infamous vessel which sank I believe somewhere off the coast of Africa en route to Australia with loss of all lives.
At the Public enquiry a "lady" who had seen her husband off from the pilot boat remarked that the pilot had stepped down from the little pilot boat onto the ships deck so heavily was it overloaded.
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Poo is good for oysters and crabs!!!! They love to eat ****!!!
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Poo is pretty nasty - I'm a fan of those incineration toilets.. No stinky mess to deal with and the left overs are pretty safe to handle.

I recall a buddy telling me about a diving trip he was on. He was a diving instructor for a resort in Mexico.

He was about 35-40ft deep with 4 or 5 new divers. He looked up and saw some lady swim overhead, pull her bottoms to the side and drop a deuce.

Wouldn't you know it - it was a sinker and headed straight down towards them..

Humorous in hindsight but I bet those new divers never went diving again!
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