The chainfall was shackled to the clothesline, the pump was hooked to the chainfall, and The Three Stooges--make that the three riggers--were all set to deliver another hilarious episode.
He started raising the pump with the chainfall and managed to get it over the ladder well with only minor amounts of excitement.
Curly obediently tried raising the pump with the chainfall a few times, but it wouldn't go up any higher.
As soon as BM2 Curly succeeded in getting the pump free of the top step of the ladder, the full weight of the pump and chainfall was supported by the knots at both anchor points, which promptly gave up the ghost.
Suddenly having no visible means of support, the chainfall surrendered to gravity and started downward.
Larry heard the commotion from his station below and looked up to see the pump, chainfall, and Curly hurtling down the ladder toward him.
Likewise, the chainfall, which undoubtedly had been through much worse in its career, ended up mostly unscathed.
The slide plates saved him from 13 separate bumps on the noggin, but he landed on his back atop the chainfall and pump at the bottom of the ladder.
The chainfall received a thorough inspection and was put back in service almost immediately--rigging the pump back off the ship.
Little did I know that the replacement of the old school, chainfall
hoist in favor of the "new and improved" pneumatic hoist soon was going to give me the scare of a lifetime.