In one of my classes the other day, or on TV, or on this message board, or somewhere else, someone was talking about rats on ships. Namely, that there are always rats on ships.
Rats in houses I can understand. Rats in the ground? Sure. Warehouses? It wouldnt be a warehouse without a rat. But I dont see why you cant prevent rats from getting on a ship.
A ship is a self-contained thing. When building your ship, just make sure no rats get in. How hard can this be? It’s not like rats are these little microscopic things that can burrow down into the threads of your ship screws and then come out once you have unknowingly transported them onto your ship. They’re big - they’re hard to miss - just dont let them on.
If they do get on, just starve them out before you put anything on the ship that they can eat, or gas the ship with rat-killing gas and kill them all off (Of course, I dont support rat killing in any form, but I am trying to figure out how the rats get on and stay on)
A ship is out on the ocean. Rats do not live in the ocean, unless there is some sort of deep water rat I am not aware of, in which case it would be a fish. Fish are not rats. So if you get your ship out to sea without any rats, there will be no rats sneeking aboard while you are riding the ocean waves.
When you are at port, rats might try to hide away in your freight, or in people’s luggage. If they are hiding in the luggage, dont let the people on your ship. If they are hiding in your freight, either keep them locked up with the freight and deliver them with the freight, or remove them before you put the freight on the ship. Again - they’re rats. Hard to miss.
I have nothing against rats, of course. But this has been stuck in my head for quite awhile now and it is preventing me from concentrating on my homework. There is something deeply, deeply bothersome about a bunch of rats running around in the bottom of what is essentially a giant floating can. Will someone please explain why rats and ships go together like cheese and wine?
Thanking you in advance,