Trim Wheel Could be Testy
Hands Off Unless You are a Panel Watchkeeper
By the way, the officer of the watch never, and I will say it again, never touched that starter. This was done either by the first panel watchkeeper or the second panel watchkeeper.
The pump itself is a massive piece of kit located in the AMS, almost directly below the starter box. You almost had to have a magic touch to start this pump. That hand wheel had to be turned ever so slow to bring the massive amount of electricity to the pump motor. It was designed with four long monel stators turning inside four individual very hard rubber sleeves. On the initial running after going to sea, you never knew if you would blow a fuse or not. You could always count on a very loud squealing sound on initial start-up, once it had been run up for a few times, it got easier.
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