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Old April 15th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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Just like the French Gunner, with a French sister who was fascinated with the technology and toured the ship the day before a French speaking aristocrat sneaks aboard to blow the ship up ... and just in case all that fails, there is a French scientist who was conveniently away from the ship when the attempt was being made to blow it up, but will be coming aboard to sail with us if the plot to destroy it fails.

Remember the Normans! Remember Napoleon! You know how devilishly sneaky those French can be.

[This paranoid rant is presented all in the name of OOC fun ... I just found it amusing that we are in the heart of England surrounded by foreigners ... Scotsmen, Irish, French Canadians ... probably a Welshman in there somewhere.]
As a matter of fact, yes, Mr. Lawton is Cornish.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 03:06 PM
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As a matter of fact, yes, Mr. Lawton is Cornish.
... and there you have it ... Lord Nelson wails from the grave ... "Where, Oh where, are the Beefeaters!" ... small wonder the Empire fell.
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Vaccsuits should not be necessary...
OOC: BTW, do we have any in the equipment leased by the REC?
I sure hope so. Otherwise I can't see the point of airlocks at all, if we are not going to have any equipment to let us go out into ether/vacuum or hostile atmo if necessary. The section on designing an ether ship implies they are included in the locker near the airlock, but maybe we need a GM ruling for specifics (I hope we have enough for the whole crew...).
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Old April 16th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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I sure hope so. Otherwise I can't see the point of airlocks at all, if we are not going to have any equipment to let us go out into ether/vacuum or hostile atmo if necessary. The section on designing an ether ship implies they are included in the locker near the airlock, but maybe we need a GM ruling for specifics (I hope we have enough for the whole crew...).
Space for them is - suits themselves are not.
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[OOC: the doors are condiderably heavy - without the engine on, and the steam pressure to slowly lower them, there's considerable risk of damage. In space, it's a non-issue, The outer doors are 5'x5', and horizontal. 2 about 1/5 ton sections. Firing up the steam will take half an hour or more, as the engines are cold. The engineer is exaggerating, but only slightly.]
So our upper surface airlock (which we might need to check/repair the solar boiler) is useless unless we have steam pressure? Lovely.
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Space for them is - suits themselves are not.
And it hasn't occurred to McBean or McFee in the months of preparation that some vaccsuits might be useful equipment, as otherwise the airlocks are utterly useless and why bother having them rather than just vac-tight doors?
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And it hasn't occurred to McBean or McFee in the months of preparation that some vaccsuits might be useful equipment, as otherwise the airlocks are utterly useless and why bother having them rather than just vac-tight doors?
Apparently not.
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And it hasn't occurred to McBean or McFee in the months of preparation that some vaccsuits might be useful equipment, as otherwise the airlocks are utterly useless and why bother having them rather than just vac-tight doors?
The Bosun and Engineer's mate both have their own. So did the prior engineer. (Tunnaud was a last minute replacement.) No one else should be going outside in vacuum unless things have gone higgledy-piggledy.

Only the upper airlock is a problem, and ONLY in atmosphere. In orbit, simply undo the dogs, and let it slowly open with a single tug. Any hatch holding that much air pressure is going to be hefty - it's as big as it is to allow for moving pipes and some other items easily. The floor of that lock is also a similar hatch - so that components can be lowered down to the spine if need be. (Which would entail pulling a couple pins and folding the catwalk out of the way.) It's a 3-4 man job to lower the door without steam, and 5 man to close it from inside. It's not impossible, but it's certainly not the kind of thing anyone wants to do in a non-emergency. Plus, one could almost as easily walk up the back of the envelope from the tail. By the time the steam's up, one could have scaled the envelope.

Also note: it's extremely common in the era for engineers to take their quartering in the engine spaces, even if assigned shared quarters elsewhere. The EM has been quartering here. His gear is in the antechamber.
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And it hasn't occurred to McBean or McFee in the months of preparation that some vaccsuits might be useful equipment, as otherwise the airlocks are utterly useless and why bother having them rather than just vac-tight doors?
WHile the vac-tight doors would be necessary even if no one must go out when in space, as the doors must be there for atmospheric operations and must be vac-tight if the ship goes outside it, I agree with SB with the rest of his post.

Can we retcon that McBean bought some before (as he shure would have thought about it in the months sice he was hired)?
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Yeah. The captain as the very least would have one just for the shake down cruise and I would think, general princibles.
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