Backed Up Drains in the Galley on the TC
Old Senior Chief 1946
This is a trick I did on the USS TALLAHTATCHIE COUNTY (AVB-2). A friend and I noticed that the cooks always did a very thorough clean up in the galley every day, as part of the ritual after the evening meal was served. They would use a hose to put water on the deck, then scrub everything down. Then they would do a quick rinse. With a little pushing around, the dirty water would all drain out through the deck drains. That gave us an idea. What if the deck drains got clogged up for some reason? Right before the chow line closed the next evening, one of us slipped below decks and closed the overboard scupper valve serving the galley drains. Then we went to our shop and waited. It wasn't long before a young mess cook came running in, all excited. "The drains in the galley are all backed up and the Chief wants you guys to unclog them". We showed proper concern and sympathy but said we were just too busy to work on it at the time - we would put it on our things to do list and we might be able to get to it later that night. In about 15 minutes, the same kid is back again - "The Chief says it is really important and you need to talk to him". I went to the galley and found the Chief Cook. I told him that we were really busy but I would break some guys loose to work on unclogging the galley drains if he would fix us up with a big stick of bologna, some bread and other sandwich makings. It worked - it took a little haggling but he agreed to it. After a few minutes, I came back with my accomplice - with pipe wrenches in hand. We walked around the galley with worried looks on our faces, looking at all of the deck drains. Then we went down below and banged on a few pipes with our pipe wrenches, to make some noise. We waited about five minutes then opened the overboard scupper valve. Of course - it all drained immediately. The Chief Cook was happy, the mess cooks were happy and we were happy - after we claimed our prize. We did that every so often after that. As far as I know - the cooks never caught on to what we were doing.