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Old 30th June 2013, 20:06
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Cool British Ambassador

Hi Guys

I have made various references to the "British Ambassador" in past posts but I have now put my view of the sinking on the internet.

http://www.maritime-mishaps.webspace...mbassador.html

There are also a few anecdotes about my time with BP.

It's an ongoing project so bear with me.

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Old 1st July 2013, 10:12
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Mike, that is a really interesting read. You and the other crew members obviously had a really traumatic time, but thankfully lived to tell the tale. I am looking forward to the next episode.
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Old 1st July 2013, 10:54
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I sailed with one of the engineers who was onboard the Ambassador during this event. He told me that the initial "Leak was caused by a crack appearing on the low sea suction for the main condenser circulating pump. To stem the leak the engineers put a sheet of jointing around the leak and secure it in place with a "spanish windlass" Unfortunately all this succeeded in doing was to shear the valve clean off! The ship's fate was then well and truly sealed!
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Old 1st July 2013, 15:14
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Hi Mike,

looks like you were always one trip ahead of me!! I joined in May 67 and left sometime in 75. Had three trips on one 42 as Cadet, 3/O and 2/O. Also left for things different. General cargo to/from W.Africa, S. America. Ended up driving RoRos around N.Europe.
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Old 1st July 2013, 16:36
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Very interesting, dangerous days, looking forward to the rest of the story.

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Old 1st July 2013, 17:39
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I sailed with one of the engineers who was onboard the Ambassador during this event. He told me that the initial "Leak was caused by a crack appearing on the low sea suction for the main condenser circulating pump. To stem the leak the engineers put a sheet of jointing around the leak and secure it in place with a "spanish windlass" Unfortunately all this succeeded in doing was to shear the valve clean off! The ship's fate was then well and truly sealed!
I would respectfully suggest that his comments are taken with a pinch of salt. I have seen the results of formal internal inquiry and no evet of a similar nature is shown in any of the statements.

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Old 1st July 2013, 18:20
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What a great tale ,enjoyed every minute of it.

Long time since we have been in touch Mike ,I'll send you a SN PM

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Old 1st July 2013, 18:35
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I would respectfully suggest that his comments are taken with a pinch of salt. I have seen the results of formal internal inquiry and no evet of a similar nature is shown in any of the statements.

Mike
Noted ! However I saw no reason to disbelieve him, but admitedly I have not seen the internal inquiry report either! He also told me he was onboard the salvage tug that was on the scene and was woken from his bunk to witness the ship finally sinking ?

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Old 1st July 2013, 18:54
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Interesting, just realised I have a crew list for the Ambassador for Dec 11th 1974, passed Robben Island. So I guess all the malcontents had left and this crew are the survivors of the sinking.

I'll just mention the Master AG Smith, sounds like someone one would like to sail with.

Graham
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Old 1st July 2013, 20:30
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"I'll just mention the Master AG Smith, sounds like someone one would like to sail with."

Possibly - but he wasn't in command? The Fleet News strikes again!

I've just about finalised the last of the story and hope to get it 'on line' soon.
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Old 1st July 2013, 21:59
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Many thanks Mike for a terrific interesting read. I look forward to reading more from you.
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Old 1st July 2013, 23:12
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An excellent read Mike of an incident that I was not aware of. I'll bet you never let the lifeboat maintenance be flogged again!
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Old 2nd July 2013, 00:30
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"I'll just mention the Master AG Smith, sounds like someone one would like to sail with."

Possibly - but he wasn't in command? The Fleet News strikes again!

I've just about finalised the last of the story and hope to get it 'on line' soon.
Sneaky !!

I do not have any 1975 issues ( the only year1969/85), so your secret remains intact

Soul not sole!

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Old 12th September 2013, 21:40
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Hi Guys

I have made various references to the "British Ambassador" in past posts but I have now put my view of the sinking on the internet.

http://www.maritime-mishaps.webspace...mbassador.html

There are also a few anecdotes about my time with BP.

It's an ongoing project so bear with me.

Cheers


Mike
Very good read pal on your web site .You were very brave in such a horrendous situation. I was Lecky (alan scott) on the Ambassador 26/8/71-26/2 72 ras al khaimah ,with one of the Irish family of captains -Taylors -Tommy ,great crew at time .Only other name i can remember is Billy Smith 3/E. Will contact Graham Wallace for a crew list for my time on board . Really glad I was not on when you were pal.
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Old 12th September 2013, 21:43
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Interesting, just realised I have a crew list for the Ambassador for Dec 11th 1974, passed Robben Island. So I guess all the malcontents had left and this crew are the survivors of the sinking.

I'll just mention the Master AG Smith, sounds like someone one would like to sail with.

Graham
Graham can you send me a crew list for period 26/8/71 -26-2 -72 for when i was on the Ambassador .Cheers pal .Retfordmackem-Alan Scott.
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Old 13th September 2013, 00:46
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If my grey cells are correct, didnt she set her bows back when entering No2 dry dock in Silley Cox and Co, Falmouth around 1959 ish?

If it was her I lowered the gate for her on a nice sunny day but very windy, dead ship with 4 tugs. when 1 tug wire broke whilst on full power, hit the parapit wall setting the bow back about 15 feet.
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Old 13th September 2013, 01:04
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good day mike brown.m.1est july.2013.05:06.re:britich ambassador.thank you for a most interesting post.it was a great rescue.no life lost.and the modesty of the rescue captain is a credit to him.have a good day.regards.ben27
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Old 13th September 2013, 15:40
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Graham can you send me a crew list for period 26/8/71 -26-2 -72 for when i was on the Ambassador .Cheers pal .Retfordmackem-Alan Scott.
Allan,
I have one issue within those times ,11th Nov 1971. I will send copy to you

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