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TREMEADOW (raised fo'castle)




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In common with others of her class, TREMEADOW was built with a flush deck, ( see Brett Chambers' photo 6 Dec) but fairly soon after completion was modified with a raised fo'castle. This is a very unusual modification. I wonder, why, having built the previous few series of vessels with flush decks, did Hain suddenly decide that it didn't work for the TREMEADOW class. Maybe being slightly longer than previous vessels caused problems. Anyone know?
Photographed arriving Avonmouth 1969 on charter to Nigerian National Line
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Dave Edge
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Sat, 6 December 08 20:01

I have always assumed this modification was a result of revised tonnage regulations which came into effect in the 1960's. Possibly the addition of a raised foc'sle allowed deeper loading - I have seen flush-decked ships from other companies similarly modified about the same time.
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Sun, 7 December 08 16:58

Dave, Thanks for that. Can you name other examples? I can't think of any British owned ships and I'd be interested to look up photos of other cases to see if there were any obvious common factors
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Sat, 4 July 09 17:59

If I remember rightly, it was to do with Suez Canal tonnage fees, though I may have muddled that in my memory!
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Fri, 10 July 09 11:43

The Tremeadow along with the Trecarne and a numbe rof others in the fleet were converted from Open Shelter Deck [no forecastle] to Closed Shelter Deck [Forecastle, huge rivited straps along the full length of their decks in way of hatches, The main deck allyways alongside accomodation had watertight doors fitted at the forward ends and I think the tonnage hatch between number 5 and the foreside of the poop accomodation was sealed up.

These alterations enabled the ships to increase their draft and therefore carry more cargo, cant say how much this was but a significant amount. There may have been other alterations but cant remember any this distance in time.

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