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Dougie and Dick Clare during repairs in the crankpit. We were losing lub oil at a alarming rate so much so we would have never made the Uk. Worked 28 hours nonstop then they decided to have B.O.T. sports
· Date: Thu, 30 March 06 · Views: 655
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Ian Menzies
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Thu, 30 March 06 03:03

Mates. Don't you just love them!
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benjidog
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Thu, 30 March 06 07:13

You don't say when this was taken but wasn't the Black and White Minstrel Show banned in the 70s?

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raybnz
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Thu, 30 March 06 14:38

It was taken in 1965 mid Alantic between Curacoa and London.Looking at my discharge book sometime in June.
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Jim S
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Thu, 30 March 06 17:06

As someone who spent all but the last two years of my 13 years at sea on turbine steamers I have to take my hat off to you guys who endured such conditions on old, and sometimes not so old, motor ships. You were either dedicated or barmy - I suspect the latter.
I believe Dr Rudolph Diesel would have been of greater benefit to the marine engineer if he had jumped from the cross channel ferry BEFORE he invented the
infernal machine that carries his name.
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moaf
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Thu, 30 March 06 17:28

That sounds like sour grapes to me!!! The Diesel has, after all, proved to be the more efficient option for power.
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Doxfordman

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Sat, 1 April 06 01:11

Still better than wet hot fog fans! And I have got a stam and motor ticket or is it motor and steam? Couldn't stand weraing the white gloves on steam ships - lol.

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Jim S
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Sat, 1 April 06 13:21

Motor Ships - efficient, do not disagree, pleasure to sail on and maintain questionable. Just look at those poor souls in the photo. There are other photos on the website showing guys nearly as black at the controls. On one picture from a Federal ship even the telegraph is covered in oil. In this month's Sea Breezes there is an excellent article by a Blue Flue engineer- he is pictured as 4th Eng on Glen Line's Denbighshire black from head to toe. Is it possible that the fumes got to you guys and you had some perverse pleasure in getting as grotty as you could.
I too have a combined ticket and apart from turbine ships sailed with medium speed Deutz diesels - OK and a 10 cylinder MAN slow speed diesel. - Not so OK. A type referred to with some good reason as "a poor man's Sulzer" - Even the most fervent of motor men must admit there have been some dogs of oil engine designs over the years.
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JET
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Sun, 9 April 06 03:37

At least, from what you can see from the photo, the oil has been turned off. On the NZSC's Orari the chief engineer insisted that the oil pumps remained on whenever an engine was stopped at sea for repairs and those repairs could be inside the crankcase. A 'hammer test' of all main bolts throughout the rotating parts of the engine was included in the work and on most occasions after the engine was restarted the other engine was stopped and a hammer test was carried out on that one as a 'precautionary measure'. The engines had sea water cooling for the pistons which often had leakages inside the crankcase so there was a wonderfull mix of sludge on which you could slip on when you were inside. It would be interesting to see what a current Job Safety Analysis would make of working in those conditions.

Regards, John
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