If seagoing cowboys hadn’t thought about the possible dangers of their trips before they signed up, the required life boat drills once they were at sea may have drilled it into them. With all that hay on board, fire was a real threat. And with mines in European waters, explosions were, too. Not to mention storms pushing ships into rocks.
Each cowboy was issued a fire and life boat station card at the beginning of their journey, with instructions for their particular task.
The cards were different for each shipping line.
Usually, on the reverse side were the signal instructions. More than one cowboy crew was summoned by these signals for real.
Wise was the cowboy who took the drills seriously and prayed he’d never have to put them to use.