wd 53

graham
28th December 2007, 22:18
I asked for a photo of the hopper wd53 westminster dredging about a year ago try agian with the increase in membership regards graham

archway
19th April 2008, 18:03
Graham, I'm sure I could dig out a photo of th WD 53 or at least a photo copy of her from the front of one of the issues of the Cohesion being a new member of SN and not very computer literate I don't know how to get a picture to you. The WD 53 was the first ship I was master of and was there again when she was converted to a Trailer Dredger. Archway

graham
19th April 2008, 19:20
Hi if you scan the photo to your computer and then send it by e mail to me or put in the gallery and i will download it hope you are able to do it my email address is in my profile regards graham

tell
20th April 2008, 00:57
may I ask was she an original WD or was she something else previously?

graham
20th April 2008, 15:53
she was an original wd when i was in her she was quite new regards graham

JimC
20th April 2008, 19:50
Would WD53 be an improvement on WD40? talking loosely ofcourse!

Jim C

tell
21st April 2008, 02:21
she was an original wd when i was in her she was quite new regards graham
I was on a hopper belonging to Liverpool corporation called SHB Delta and she was sold to the wd in the 50s I wonder what happened to her ?

KEITH SEVILLE
21st April 2008, 11:41
The hopper SHB Delta was sold to the Westminster Dredging Company during the fifties as you say.
She was renamed Wirral and served on the Mersey as a hopper barge before being sold for scrap in 1967.

Regards
Keith

tell
23rd April 2008, 02:17
The hopper SHB Delta was sold to the Westminster Dredging Company during the fifties as you say.
She was renamed Wirral and served on the Mersey as a hopper barge before being sold for scrap in 1967.

Regards
Keith
thanks for that Keith, gives me some closure on that i'm grateful

tugtere
17th July 2009, 05:26
I was on WD53 when she worked in New Zealand app. 1965.On delivery from Australia she nearly foundered off North Cape in bad weather, plating in her for'd pump room failed and she was well down by the head. A Whangarei harbour board deepsea tug was able to get alongside and dry her out a bit then escort her to Whangarei to the new slipway. A lot of work was done including a complete new bridge structure. After Whangarei deepening finished I went with her to Tauranga on the channel re-alignment there. I don't know where in the world she went from there.I would like to see some pics of her too. regards ray

graham
17th July 2009, 17:48
if i can dig the photo i have out i will e mail it to you regards graham

tugtere
18th July 2009, 01:37
Graham,thanks for that if you can find a pic. As I remember she was originally a bottom dump, possibly steam before conversion to a trailer suction. Fore end was stretched and pump/engine room installed. The new bridge fitted in NZ was quite stylish and full span with extended dredge operators console out front, looked a bit like the Mersey but smaller. Only had run accomodation not like Endeavour which carried a double crew.And nothing at all like the Foremost Prince.

liverbob
18th July 2009, 04:19
my old man and brother worked on the wd 53 and others in the fifties, you mite no them, tapper and mike edwards. the old man ended up in the riggers loft doing all the wire spicing and such.i worked for a short while on the anchor handling tug of wds and in the yard at bromboror dock,

Brian B
10th June 2013, 03:08
I was on WD53 when she worked in New Zealand app. 1965.On delivery from Australia she nearly foundered off North Cape in bad weather, plating in her for'd pump room failed and she was well down by the head. A Whangarei harbour board deepsea tug was able to get alongside and dry her out a bit then escort her to Whangarei to the new slipway. A lot of work was done including a complete new bridge structure. After Whangarei deepening finished I went with her to Tauranga on the channel re-alignment there. I don't know where in the world she went from there.I would like to see some pics of her too. regards ray

Hi Ray, I joined MV."WD53" at the beginning of the Tauranga Channel contract as Chief Engineer in 1967,along with two other USSCo.NZ Engineers and a First Mate. We all stayed with Westminster Dredging for the next four years, including additional contracts in Auckland, Whangarei, Singapore, Brunei and Port Hedland. The Foremost Prince spent her final days with us in Singapore.
I transferred to Australian Dredging for the next three years, a subsidary of Westminster Dredging in Sydney, and stood by the building of their Grab Dredge,"Goomai", which was to be used on the Port Kembla/Woolongong contract. That contract took us over a year and then I joined their MV."Geopotes V" Trailer Suction dredge on the Auckland contract and then the big container port contract at Port Chalmers, Dunedin.
From there, I went back to mercantile but thouroughly enjoyed my Dredging days.
Cheers - Brian
PS - WD53 was scrapped many years ago

spongebob
10th June 2013, 03:34
This thread takes me back to the fifties and I quote an earlier post;


Talking of odours, I was reminded of an experience long ago by an over dose of garlic in a recent meal.
In 1958 there was a large Belgian suction dredge based in NZ’s Bluff Harbour for the duration of the Harbour expansion plan. Her work was finished in Bluff and she needed to go to Port Chalmers to carry out further dredging and as she had no main propulsion our ship “Navua” was contracted for the relatively short coastal tow. Most of the dredge crew traveled up by bus but the captain, Bosun and the engineers arranged to travel on board “Navua” in case of any emergencies arising. We had a pilot’s cabin and a single bunk hospital which accommodated a couple but we agreed that the engineers could bunk down on the day beds in our cabins while we were on watch for the relatively short voyage.
The Belgian chief engineer used my day bed for a couple of kips and after an uneventful trip we dropped off the tow and said our good byes to head north.
A day later I went to have a short pre watch nap on the day bed and was struck by the intense smell of garlic seemingly oozing from the mattress. The others found the same and although we knew of their highly spiced diets and could smell it on them we had no idea that it would transfer so strongly into the bedding upholstery fabric.
It took at least a week of hauling the bedding up on to the boat deck every day for airing in the sunshine before the odour lessened to any degree and perhaps a month or two before it disappeared.

Bob

Brian B
11th June 2013, 02:30
[QUOTE=Brian B;682777]Hi Ray, I joined MV."WD53" at the beginning of the Tauranga Channel contract as Chief Engineer in 1967,along with two other USSCo.NZ Engineers and a First Mate. We all stayed with Westminster Dredging for the next four years, including additional contracts in Auckland, Whangarei, Singapore, Brunei and Port Hedland. The Foremost Prince spent her final days with us in Singapore.
I transferred to Australian Dredging for the next three years, a subsidary of Westminster Dredging in Sydney, and stood by the building of their Grab Dredge,"Goomai", which was to be used on the Port Kembla/Woolongong contract. That contract took us over a year and then I joined their MV."Geopotes V" Trailer Suction dredge on the Auckland contract and then the big container port contract at Port Chalmers, Dunedin.
From there, I went back to mercantile but thouroughly enjoyed my Dredging days.
Cheers - Brian
PS - WD53 was scrapped many years ago - 1975 I believe!

Brian B
12th June 2013, 01:24
I asked for a photo of the hopper wd53 westminster dredging about a year ago try agian with the increase in membership regards graham

Graham, It's a while since you requested photo of "WD53" Trailer Suction Dredge but can email you a photo of what she looked like in the later 60's and until her demise in 1975 - I was Chief Engineer on her for 4 years in the later 60's.
Cheers - Brian

namyar
21st January 2014, 01:27
Hi Brian and others, I actually joined WD53 in Whangarei when she returned from Tauranga to have a new propshaft and prop guards fitted (I think it was the stbd side)I was pump engineer on both her and WDA Endeavour, but kept main e/r watches on passage. Man I love those mirrlees engines.
I do have photo's somewhere of WD53 when she was steam but nothing after her rebuild at Whangarei.
TEAL was scrapped at Singapore and Arnhem was sold off, I last saw her heaving gravel barges on the Brisbane river some years ago.
regards ray

flijm
22nd January 2014, 14:51
Some particulars of "W.D. 53" (IMO 5384188):

Building started at Deutsche Werft, Hamburg under yardnr 330 for Russia as "Nercha-Bagger II". Faith in WW2 unclear. Until 1950 selfpropelled barge "Gerda". Bought by Boskalis Westminster as "W.D. 53", lengtened in 1954, rebuilt in 1959 (steam > diesel, barge > trailing hopper dredger). Scrapped in 1975, Gadani Beach.

namyar
23rd January 2014, 04:37
Here is" WD53" when she was a steam dump barge. I don't know who sent me this pic, was it you Brian? regards ray

graham
23rd January 2014, 18:44
could have been me namyar wd 53 in swansea bay dumping after loading queens dock 1951 regards graham