The fun part of our reunions are the stories told about events that happened when we were young sailors on a great ship. At the Charleston Reunion, this story was told in the hospitality room. Once upon a time, many many years ago, on a CVL 49,A scupper for the V1 head was plugged.The compartment Cleaners tried everything they knew to open the pipe, but to no avail.
A Boson from the fantail came into the head, and said that's no way to
clear a scupper. Stand aside and I'll show you how it is done. He then placed
the compartment fire hose in the scupper, turned the water on and met with
success. The water blew the plugged scupper clean. The downside of this
operation was, as the water blasted the pipe clean, the Captain's Gig was
passing right in front of the pipe. The Gig, the Captain and the crew were
splattered with UFO'S. It was reported that said Boson hid in the chain locker
until the heat passed.Whether this story is true or false, didn't matter, it was
just fun listening to it being told.
Here is a great story. The Atlantic Fleet Football Championship, held on Dec. 09 1923 at Yankee Stadium. The attendance was 8000 and it was a hard played game. The USS Wright AV1 vs USS Wyoming.The game ended in a tie, USS Wright 6, USS Wyoming 6. To me, this was a victory, because there is a big difference in crew complements between a repair ship and a battlewagon. Boy, our past shipmates must have been overjoyed at the results and had the bragging rights to that game