This is a short video of me supervising the bow of the one of Water Taxi’s boats while it is open for tourist so they can take pictures of and with the Statue of Liberty. Before you open up the doors for the bow you have to go out and make sure everything is stowed away properly and there would be no harm to the people. When that is checked you, take a look at the captain and give him a thumbs up and if he gives you a thumbs up as well then you are good to let the people out. While you are out there you have to keep an eye out for people standing on the railings and/or standing on the bits , if so ask them to get down and assure them that it is not safe to do that. While checking for safety hazards, you can help the passengers with pictures and any questions they might have until it is time to head back in. Once everybody is back inside, then take another look at the captain and signal that it is all clear for him to pick up the speed with another thumbs up.
This right here ladies and gentlemen is me (Bri) doing a typical hourly deckhand engine check at New York Water Taxi. Yes, every single hour one of the two deckhands have to go down to the engine room and make sure there are no signs of anything wrong. So after you come down the ladder with gloves on your hands and ear protection on (the picture to the right was a pre-underway engine room check therefore the engine wasn’t running) you take a look around. Do you see anything wrong? Do you smell anything out of the ordinary? Do you hear something weird? After you do that and everything is secured , make sure all the valves are all the right way especially for the manifold system and fire pump set up. If you see something that is alarming and could cause harm then let the captain know right away, if everything is well then still let the captain know the condition and log that into the book.
When Aaron told us it was time to learn how to tie a monkey’s fist I was in shock. Don’t get me wrong I have seen the knot before but it just looked so impossible to do. I watched him go through it once along with the class but I was still confused with no clue of what to do. I asked my peers for help but they were also struggling to learn it themselves—so I turned to the internet. I sat in a chair for what felt like 10 hours watching videos on YouTube on how to tie a monkey’s fist. It took me more than about 7 tries to get the ball in the middle, hold it together and take out any slack. At the end I had to get myself together and use an incredible amount of patience to tie it correctly.
This is my completed monkey’s fist. This knot is to be tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw a far distance.
The picture above is my vessel ops class learning how to tie a monkey’s fist.