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TARBATNESS



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Final tow out of Portsmouth for recycling (aka scrap) in Turkey
· Date: Sat, 17 August 19 · Views: 336
· Filesize: 31.2kb, 258.9kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 768 ·
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Keywords: RFA GOLD ROVER
Source of Image, If not your own: P Bartlett
Location photo was taken: Portsmouth
Date photo was taken: 13 August 2019
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FG86
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Sun, 18 August 19 13:13

all good things come to an end
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TARBATNESS

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Mon, 19 August 19 10:31

My connection with her was strong:- 2/0 (1979/80), Captain (2004 and 2014). Great little ship that provided 45 years service. Superb VFM to the UK tax payer.

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FG86
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Mon, 19 August 19 12:20

I can imagine it is an emotional experience seeing her go.
Were they good seaboats to handle? they certainly looked the part with a nice flared bow. I dont recall hearing any negativity about life on board a Rover?
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TARBATNESS

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Wed, 21 August 19 17:43

They were terrific ships to handle and very powerful. Apart from significant vibration at high speeds that needed managing, they were great ships.

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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Thu, 22 August 19 03:57

Providing the rudder didn't fall off Sean LOL.

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Steve Oatey

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Thu, 22 August 19 19:07

I must be the one person in the world who is NOT sorry to see them go!
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FG86
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Fri, 23 August 19 02:30

why is that Steve?
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TARBATNESS

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Fri, 23 August 19 21:50

FG86:- They were a nightmare with the Rushton AO engines; a Wedgwood Benn flawed directive. GOLD/BLACK had Pielsticks at build and GREEN/GREY/BLUE retro fitted. Original PAXMAN DGs kept the Genny Third busy and these were replaced in the final few years.

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Sat, 24 August 19 05:09

I see, I heard some were re-engine early in their lives.
an aspect I found interesting was the variety of stern kedge anchor arrangements, it seemed some had one others two. However I dont think I can recall ever seeing them in use.
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TARBATNESS

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Sat, 24 August 19 16:39

The GOLD/BLACK had single kedge anchors and the others two. Designed to support fueling over the beach but an evolution that was rarely used. BLUE supported dracone operations in the Falklands to resupply Harriers operating from San Carlos

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Steve Oatey

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Sun, 25 August 19 01:01

Tarbatness is correct - machinery was awful. Even the Pielsticks, while a huge improvement on the Rustons, were a pain.
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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Sun, 25 August 19 04:02

I'm still waiting to hear about the loss of a Rudder (I think Black Rover).

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TARBATNESS

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Tue, 27 August 19 15:34

OS. BLUE lost her rudder in the English Channel and GOLD off the Falklands

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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Tue, 27 August 19 16:20

Thanks Sean.

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