Saturday, December 18, 2010

Keep Your Fingers Crossed!

Today was the second day of filling the potable water tanks in Aux. 4 on the Polar Star. Not only does this bring the boat one step closer to having running water, but this also meant another afternoon adventure for crewmembers on board, especially for crewmember Petty Officer Hall! MK3 Hall has been along every step of the process and has astutely squashed any kinks that have popped up along the way. “Initially I had a feeling that the disc in one of the tank level indicators was stuck, but each time I tapped the pipe nothing changed,” MK3 Hall explains. After observing that the tank level indicators were becoming more and more uneven, he decided to go to the Bosn’ hole to check for air coming out of the vents. “Instead of air I started to hear gurgling! I had to run up and shut the Y gate!” Despite just a few puddles, the Bosn’ hole was far from being the lake that could have appeared if proper action had not been taken. The results of today’s inspection will determine whether or not the tank will need to be filled again. More updates to follow!

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