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Morar of 1959

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Ore-carrier, built by Lithgows Limited for J and J Denholm (Management) Limited. 6,990 GRT, Gas Turbine propulsion.


On board equipment by G and J Weir of Glasgow. The photo was rescued from old Company archives that were being 'skipped' some 20 years ago. (Original photographer unknown)
· Date: Mon, 10 May 10 · Views: 430
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Mon, 10 May 10 14:19

a masters worst nightmare
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eriskay

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Mon, 10 May 10 14:22

C'mon, Muldonaich, what's the story - bad ship?
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Mon, 10 May 10 14:26

she was always breaking down hte to even think what the ch/eng was like after a few months kev.
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John Cassels
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Mon, 10 May 10 14:28

Great ship. Only ship to have passed Cape Wrath 5 times in one day heading for Narvik.

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Mon, 10 May 10 14:29

did you ever sail on her john ? i never brgds kev.
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eriskay

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Mon, 10 May 10 15:27

I suppose the problem must have stemmed from her unusual propulsion, gas turbine, fairly revolutionary (no pun intended) for that time, certainly for merchant shipping. Machinery by British Polar and Rankin & Blackmore. Believe the choice of propulsion was for experimental reasons to assess the economics, although this arrangement would normally be a high fuel consumer rather than offer savings. What was the nature of her breakdowns/unreliability - anyone know details?
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John Cassels
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Tue, 11 May 10 01:50

Did a couple of months on here way back when..................

Seem to remember it was something called the " gasifier " that gave most of the trouble.

Apart from the engine room , she was just the same as the rest of the wee ore boats.

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ARRANMAN35
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Tue, 11 May 10 04:46

Hi guys,
Down below she was a real "nightmare", the main gas turbine was not a problem, it rested with the
gasifiers or gas generators. Initialy she had three, affectionately christined, Blood, Sweat and Tears.
This practice was frowned upon in the office and any written reference as such was severely dealt with.
I learned later that she was fitted with a fourth gasifier which only increased the work load. She was frequently
down to one unit, I do not recall the minimum to maintain steerage. I understand that, because of her unreliable propulsion system she was not permitted to use some of the ports on the regular ore run.
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John Cassels
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Tue, 11 May 10 13:53

That was the name I was trying to remember - gasifier.
I was 3 mates on her but remember the mate had stages permently ready to be put over the wall. she stopped so many times.

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Mon, 7 May 12 15:29

If I recall, the gasifiers were installed above the generators. I Believe this experimental arrangement was to minimise engine room size and so have bigger holds for cargo. I think she was sold off and re-engined with a diesel unit. Because of space limitations she was underpowered and didn't last long.
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Tue, 8 May 12 11:09

I am sure that there are those of us who were on them at the time will remember that the Gas Turbine was heavily advertised as the future generation of power plant whether it was in train's, ship's/boat's or "Rover" car's. It did not quite work out that way with the Gasifier Power source and the Morar like the Rembrandt (Pecasa System, British Houston) were failure's. "Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all", you could say I suppose.

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Ian J. Huckin

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Thu, 7 August 14 15:42

She was not a gas turbine as in "Combustion Turbine" The turbine unit was purely a big fan that was rotated by the pre-combusted gas from the gasifier units...similar to the exhaust gas side of a turbo charger. These revolutions were geared down through a reduction GB to a KAMEWA prop I believe.

Boltons had the second of this type of propulsion unit on the Rembrandt and, as mentioned, the main problem was in the gasifier units, specifically balancing them. Dirty emeffers too.

Also, as mentioned, the Morar likewise the Rembrandt, were re-engined with medium speed diesels thus being able to take advantage of the VPP. This was done after being sold on.

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