Naval Reserve – Water Conservation II

In my last post I explained the need to conserve water when sailing on a small craft for an extended period of time. The following story is actually from my next older brother. Like me, he was in the ROUTP and trained to become a navigator.

It was the summer of 1970 and he was assigned to CNAV (Canadian Naval Aux. Vessel) Pickle. Pickle was a war prize from WWII and was used as a training platform. It was a 59’ yawl. The highlight of that summer was sailing from Halifax and circumnavigating the island of Newfoundland.

One morning the young officers arose to find that the vessel’s chief engineer had warmed up water for them with which to shave. They thought that was very decent of him. It was nice to be able to shave right away.

Later, they noticed that their faces felt greasy. Someone thought to ask the engineer. He admitted that the water he had warmed up for them was actually the water in which hot dogs had been cooked the night before. Rather than throw out the wiener water he saw it a chance to conserve.

Think about it.  Wiener water aftershave; you could market it to dog catchers.

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