Old sailors never die.

Derek Dunn
4th November 2007, 14:33
Hi everybody, I was just informed of this website by an old friend and colleague from Aberdeen but I have not yet mastered the various routes around your site. I have seen my photo in the gallery posted by another old "bucanneer", from the S.S. Ben Attow, ex. Cuzco. That picture was taken in 1976!! I have attached another picture taken October 2007 -- where has the hair gone?? Possibly migrated to the chin !!! I can still play a mean bagpipe though. I have recently revisited the ben line website and I am saddened by the invasion from the porn industry. I wish you well with this website. I was discussing the demise of marine engineering in Scotland with another colleague last week and I am wondering if there is any interest in having a get-together of like-minded merchant navy engineers in the Scottish area, you might like to let me know.
Derek.

K urgess
4th November 2007, 14:36
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Derek.
I'm sure you'll get some positive replies to your query.
Plenty of like-minded among our motley crew.
Enjoy the trip.

benjidog
4th November 2007, 18:36
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you will enjoy the site.

Fortunately there is no facility for you to upload your bagpipe music here. ;)

Regards,

Brian

non descript
4th November 2007, 20:03
Derek, a nice introduction piece, well done and a warm welcome aboard to you; enjoy the site and all it has to offer. We look forward to your postings. Bon Voyage

william dillon
4th November 2007, 20:36
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you will enjoy the site.

Fortunately there is no facility for you to upload your bagpipe music here. ;)

Regards,

Brian

Could be a lot worse Brian, we could have "Morris Dancers" on the site !!!!!!!!!!!:sweat: (Jester)

gdynia
5th November 2007, 03:22
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

Bruce Carson
5th November 2007, 03:42
From Michigan and an ex Glaswegian, welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Kelvinman.
These Sassenachs just don't appreciate the finer things in life!!!!!

Bruce

billyboy
5th November 2007, 06:43
From Michigan and an ex Glaswegian, welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Kelvinman.
These Sassenachs just don't appreciate the finer things in life!!!!!

Bruce
Bruce: would that include the infamous Kelvin Petrol/parafine engines wi yon dodgy wee water pump? ...LOl

billyboy
5th November 2007, 06:49
From Michigan and an ex Glaswegian, welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Kelvinman.
These Sassenachs just don't appreciate the finer things in life!!!!!

Bruce
Bruce: would that include the infamous Kelvin Petrol/parafine engines wi yon dodgy wee water pump? ...LOl

Bruce Carson
5th November 2007, 13:07
Billyboy--the pump was probably just a little bit of Scottish humour to keep those from south of the border on their toes.

Best,
Bruce

Derek Dunn
5th November 2007, 18:59
Many thanks to you all for the kind wishes.
Since leaving the "big" sea I have been spending my Sunday mornings working on restoring fishing boat engines, hence the internet name. I grew up with Kelvin engines.
My wife was really please at the start of this year when my last project, "Amazing Grace" was sold.

You might like to check out the folowing links;

http://groups.msn.com/LifeinNavyBlue/brucestheexfishingboat.msnw?Page=2

and

http://www.bolinder-engines.info/individualboats/lisamaria-video.html

The big Hundested was a real challenge but we succeeded to breathe life back into again, a marine engineer is never beaten. It might just take a little longer.

Derek Dunn
5th November 2007, 19:14
Dear billyboy, there is nothing dodgy about my wee water pumps, lol.

Derek Roger
6th November 2007, 01:13
Welcome from Canada Derek . Im over to Inverness a couple of times a year so would be interested in a get together .
Derek

Derek Dunn
6th November 2007, 08:09
I am working in Inverness about two days in every 2 months at the moment, let me know when you are next over.
Derek.

billyboy
6th November 2007, 09:17
Billyboy--the pump was probably just a little bit of Scottish humour to keep those from south of the border on their toes.

Best,
Bruce


Aye..and it certainly did too. Once worked with a time served Kelvin man. when i started the engine the water pump was clattering well. no way could we get it to quieten doon (Thumb)

Derek Dunn
6th November 2007, 19:13
It couldn't possibly have been a Kelvin pump !!
What model of Kelvin was it?

billyboy
6th November 2007, 21:46
Och, I was only a 16 year old at that time.
I recall a tale of one Kelvin being rebuilt, it was being tested prior to stripping down. there was a clanking from the crankcase. the foremen (ex kelvin man) came over and announced "its only the water pump"..a few moments later a con rod appeared through the side of the crankcase..LOL
I used Kelvins a lot in wee fishing boats at one time. reliable enough once running. get them warmed up and change over to (red) parafine.

Hamish Mackintosh
9th November 2007, 00:33
Never mind meetings with engineers ,they have lost the "ear' for good music listening to too many Doxford thumpers, can only hear the base drone. Get yourself to Glasgow Green on or about the middle of August and mingle with some of the finest pipers in the world

Derek Dunn
10th November 2007, 10:42
I was a steam man myself but I have still lost the upper end of my hearing. I can still hear ALL the drones though! I am playing tomorrow, Rememberance Sunday, in Stirling. Somebody else can tune my drones!!

R58484956
10th November 2007, 15:41
Greetings Derek and welcome from a steam man in the south of England. Bon voyage.

Hamish Mackintosh
11th November 2007, 03:35
Good Games in Stirling too, Bridge of Allan, been there many times