Ulrich Rudofsky wrote:I have been on some weirder watches of 12 hours on 12 hours off (ship's laundry detail); or if you wish to drive a crew insane: 4 hrs. on 4 off, 2 on 2 off, 4 on 4 off etc. for 5 days! (Sailboat racing with a former USN minesweeper captain)
Karl Heidenreich wrote:RF:I haven't come across use of a colour code, though obviously it could have been in widespread use.
Sorry, what I mean was is that U-Boats use a three watch system, 8 hour each?
Ulrich Rudofsky wrote:It is of interest that the schedules for watchstanding vary and cause the navies concern. The 4 on 4 off, 2 on 2 off or 12 on 12 off cycles of some WWII warships is obviously absurd. But even 6 on 12 off causes problems with the mind and body. And then there are the captains who are practically on constant watch from anchor up to anchor down. http://www.nhrc.navy.mil/nsmrl/Watchst1.htm
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