{Stus-List} mast climbing

Ronald B. Frerker rbfrerker at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 3 11:42:45 EST 2009


OK, OK, I'll 'fess up.  My corruption of the story was based on the song "Why Paddy Won't be at Work Today."
Seemed like a good fit.
Ron
Wild Cheri




> The earliest version I'm aware of
> of this tale of woe dates for 1895 (yes, that is
> 1895!):
>  
> http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/bricks.asp
>  
> The version posted below is one of the best versions
> around I think...
> 
> 
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM,
> Jim Watts <jimwatts at shaw.ca>
> wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Here's a version closer to the original that I
> heard, although nationalities change constantly in the
> retelling. 
>  
> This is a bricklayer's accident report,
> which was printed in the
> newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers'
> Compensation
> board. This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd
> have received a
> 
> Darwin Award for sure.......
>  
> Dear Sir,
>  
> I am writing in response to your request for
> additional information in
> Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor
> planning" as the
> cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation
> and I trust
> 
> the following details will be sufficient.
>  
> I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the
> accident, I was working
> alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I
> completed my
> work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when
> weighed
> 
> later were found to be slightly in excess of 500lbs. Rather
> than carry
> the bricks down by hand I decided to lower them in a barrel
> by using a pulley,
> which was attached to the side of the building
> on the sixth floor.
> Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof,
> swung the
> barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down
> and untied
> 
> the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of
> the bricks.
> You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that
> I weigh
> 135lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground
> so suddenly,
> I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the
> rope. Needless
> 
> to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the
> building. In
> the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel, which
> was now
> proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This
> explained the
> fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar
> bone, as listed
> 
> in section 3 of the accident report form. Slowed only
> slightly, I
> continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers
> of my right
> hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley.
> Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind
> and was
> 
> able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to
> experience
> pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel
> of bricks
> hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel.
> Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel
> weighed
> 
> approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As
> you can
> imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the
> building. In
> the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming
> up. This
> accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and
> several
> 
> lacerations of my legs and lower body. Here my luck began
> to change
> slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me
> enough to
> lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and
> fortunately
> only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report,
> however, as I
> 
> lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I
> again lost
> my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope
> and I lay
> there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down
> onto me.
> This explains the two broken legs.
> 
>  
> I hope this answers your inquiry.
> 
>  
>  
> Jim Watts
> Paradigm Shift
> C&C 35 Mk III
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "dwight veinot" <dwightveinot at hfx.eastlink.ca>
> To: <cnc-list at cnc-list.com>
> 
> 
> 
> Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 3:18 PM
> Subject: Re: {Stus-List} mast
> climbing
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Can't be a true story...you made it up right...a
> good laugh despite the
> hardship suffered...he lived I hope
> 
> Dwight Veinot
> 1974 C&C 35, Alianna
> Head of St. Margaret's Bay, NS
> 
>  
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com
> [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
> 
> On Behalf Of Ronald B. Frerker
> Sent: December 2, 2009 6:27 PM
> To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
> Subject: Re: {Stus-List} mast climbing
> 
> Reminds me of the skipper who arrived before any crew and
> decided to hoist
> 
> himself up the mast.  Loaded a large bucket of bricks and
> hoisted it up the
> mast with the halyard.  Then tied it off and also tied a
> foot loop in the
> halyard.  Placed his foot in the loop and released the
> line.  Weight was a
> 
> little too heavy, so he went up pretty fast and got hit in
> the head with the
> bucket of bricks when they met halfway up.  Kept rocketing
> up 'til his
> fingers got jammed in the sheave.
> 'bout then, the bucket hit the deck and fell over,
> dumping out many bricks.
> 
> Now he's heavier and comes down quickly.  Crashes to
> the deck, loses control
> of the line and the bucket comes down once more, hitting
> the spreader and
> dumping some bricks on him.
> 
> Crew arrives to see the skipper unconscious on the deck
> with bricks all
> 
> around.
> Ron
> Wild Cheri
> 
> 
> > {margin:0;}Appreciate
> > your stories. 
> > 
> > I tried to haul myself up our mast using a 4 to 1
> > tackle and mountain climbing gear. Later tried a 3 to
> 
> > 1. After 30 minutes I got very
> > near the top but was exhausted, so abandoned the
> > plan. We since use a two halyard method. 
> > One person winches you up and the 2nd person maintains
> a
> > second halyard on you as a safety. 
> 
> > Working separate winches, the two people can haul you
> > up together and share the load going up. I wear a
> > climbing harness that keeps me fairly comfortable for
> up to
> > about an hour. It is difficult to find people who are
> 
> > skilled and can be trusted to stick around and stay
> still
> > while you work aloft and be ready for the ride down. 
> > Last time I was lucky to find two willing souls but I
> had to
> > show one guy how to operate my clutches and how to
> feed
> 
> > a self tailing winch and how to keep tension on the
> tail and
> > hold a hand on the wraps around the winch drum to
> > ease me down. The other guy was more experienced
> > and we proceeded very carefully and without a
> 
> > problem. Having two guys in the cockpit seems to work
> > well as they can help each other and then keep
> > each other company during the wait.
> > 
> > Anyone climbing the mast, 
> > Don't forget your camera. The pictures can be
> 
> > spectacular from up there. 
> > 
> > Chuck
> 
> 
> 
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