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Thread #104496   Message #2141080
Posted By: Joe_F
04-Sep-07 - 09:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Nobby Hall (Cyril Tawney)
Subject: Lyr Add: NOBBY HALL (Cyril Tawney)
Here is the text from _Songs of Cyril Tawney_:
Nobby Hall, the young O.D.
Cleaned his suit in CTC
Hung it in the mess to dry
His oppo lay asleep nearby
And all night the fumes arose
And drifted by his oppo's nose.

When the shaker's voice was heard
One there was who never stirred
The funeral was a grand affair
The R.N.B.T. rep. was there

Poor Nobby wept for days on end
To think he poisoned his best friend.
So, sailors all, be warned by me,
If you clean your suit in CTC

Always take the utmost care
To hang it in the open air
Or even better if you can,
Hang it by a wardroom fan.

O.D. means "ordinary seaman" -- nobody seems to know why.

In my childhood (1940s, U.S.), carbon tetrachloride was the most commonly used spot remover, sold in bottles for consumer use and also (IIRC) used by many dry cleaners. It is poisonous, but over other common volatile solvents it has the great advantage of being nonflammable.

I had never heard of its being used in fire extinguishers. It must have been pretty effective in putting out firefighters as well as fires, especially when used in confined spaces.