Was It A UFO?

| July/August 1990

R.R.2, Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada N4G 4G7

Well, it all started one winter afternoon sitting in Gord's shop next to the wood stove. It had been an open winter and showed signs that snow might finally show up. The atmosphere in Gord's shop was one of complete freedom. Those who chose to drink brought their own and did just that, and it was the same for smoking and chewing tobacco. The floor was covered with woodchips and sawdust with as many people crowded around the stove as showed up. Freedom of speech was respected there more than most places. Politics and sex were touched on occasionally but weather and reminiscing were the main events.

But the afternoon in question led most of us into a scientific experiment that will be long remembered. The conversation was on steam boilers and all aspects had been touched, when the longitudinal seam was being bandied-about, butt seam vs. lap seam. Now it wasn't about which was best, but rather whether the lap seam was safe.

It just so happened that back in the bush Gord had an old upright double boiler out of some old cheese factory long gone. He had bought it at a sale years ago to make a tank out of it. That hadn't taken place, so hence it just sat there.

Gord swore up and down that it would take near one thousand pounds to blow it up. Well now, if it could have been tested with water hydrostatically all would have been fine but the boys decided that being a steam vessel, a true test must be with steam.

So long as the weather was holding and it wasn't raining tomorrow they would meet back at Gord's bush. I was to provide the gauge and Clark would bring the steamer. And it was discussed how we could step up the pressure by ten times so we could achieve the thousand pound bracket. A triple stage turbine pump was to be used.


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