secured at or near the outermost rail of the delivering
The messenger is the main line used to haul any
ship, and the other end is hand tended on the receiving
ship. Embedded in the polypropylene distance line are
location for handling the messenger and other lines is
the conductors for the S/P telephone line, which
forward of the rig.
provides the communication link between the bridges
of the two ships.
Each replenishment station has an S/P telephone
line to the corresponding station on the other ship.
Necessary commands are transmitted by S/P telephone,
Transfer station markers are (bunting, metal, or
and a signalman also gives them by hand or light
painted area markers for day, and red lights for night) to
indicate the type of commodity that is to be transferred
these hand signals at the replenishment stations or,
better yet, to stencil them on the backs of the paddles.
As the receiving ship completes its approach and
FUELING AT SEA
steadies alongside, bolos or line-throwing gun lines are
sent over from each station on the delivering ship to the
Fueling at sea normally is conducted by using the
opposite stations on the receiving ship. Telephone lines
span-wire method; the hose is carried between ships on
and messengers are sent over by means of these first
a span wire, which may be tensioned or untensioned.
Normally, the untensioned span wire is referred to as the
Figure 5-25.--Replenishment-at-sea messenger.