Flying the B-314, The Anchor Watch
Emil Kissel

Whenever a B314 overnighted anywhere an anchor "watch" was used to save the airplane in case a strong wind came up and the anchor started dragging. At Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada a junior pilot and myself were assigned this duty, as there were not enough station personnel. So the 2 of us rowed out in rowboat and tied up to the B314. Soon it became cold and we had to rummage around to find some blankets because there was no source of heat. Then we became hungry and the nearest source of food was a lobster fish shop where we bought some lobster that had just been cooked. After rowing back to the B314 we found the shell to be so hard that we had to get the engineers tools to open them up. At dawn we rowed ashore thoroughly chilled to find out that the rest of the crew had attended the Saturday night dance in town. That was the first and last time that I volunteered to perform the anchor "watch".