Just came across this old thread, with an unanswered question from HopCar, who is puzzled by why everyone assumes the contents of the bilge
will clog the pumps in an emergency
In my case, for two reasons: firstly because most accounts of boats which get knocked down mention major clogging problems with pulped books
, smashed breakfast spreads, drums of flour and rice, smashed joinery or shredded insulation
(from attempts to locate a leak hidden behind the interior
woodwork) etc etc etc.
The other reason is my own experiences along these lines.
To give just one example:
I never knew a dozen eggs could travel so far
One particularly gifted egg fell into an open drawer, and then something else fell on top, hiding it, and then the drawer slid closed again - all without breaking the egg. It did however break when I tried to remove it.
The log records that it was broken while "resisting arrest"
I'd only discovered it days later - I still don't understand or believe it. I wonder if one of my crewmates was exercising a talent for gallows humour... we'd been counting the eggs, knowing how many we'd started with, and there was this one 'hold-out'...