- Here's a story from my father from his time on the boats in the mid-40s
(note: nowadays officers are called managers, but things are pretty much
Would like to add that when I was a deckhand we had a devil of a time
with the jacks, threads in bad shape making them hard to turn. A couple
of us decided that as long as the officers wouldn't have them fixed we
would throw them over board. There were portholes about 4 feet above the
car deck probably four feet apart. We decided we would eject the jacks
through the portholes. We put a number of jacks through but when they
got so far through their center of gavity changed and they wedged
themselves tight against the top & bottom edge of ther porthole and we
couldn't move them. The boat looked like Old Ironsides coming into port.
We darn near got canned for that.