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T.S.S. Maid of Kent

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eriskay



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1959-built twin-screw ferry from William Denny and Brothers on behalf of British railways - Southern Region. Steam Turbines propulsion. 4,413 GRT


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: 266
· Tags: 2 · Filesize: 125.6kb · Dimensions: 799 x 600 ·
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eddyw
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Mon, 10 May 10 15:33

Looks like another trials photo.
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Sea Princess
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Mon, 10 May 10 16:16

Pity they don't make them like that anymore!

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Locking Splice
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Tue, 11 May 10 02:35

Classic!!

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Donald E. Meek
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Wed, 12 May 10 18:16

Amazing what you can find in Eriskay! Lovely shot of a lovely ship. Dreadful that pictures like that could be 'skipped'. Thank you for posting. Donald
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waiwera
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Thu, 13 May 10 03:35

Was MOK a motor or steamship?
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meechingman

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Thu, 13 May 10 04:00

Engines - 2 Pametrada steam turbines, double reduction gearing, connected to two screw shafts.

Propulsion/Propellers - 11,500 shp/2

Speed - 19 knots (service), 20 knots (max)

(Details from 'Maid of Kent - Past and Present' on Dover Ferry Photos site) - I'm sure they's love a copy of this photo!
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waiwera
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Thu, 13 May 10 12:53

Thought so - thank you meechinghman = perhaps someone could change the title on this picture to "S.S. Maid of Kent"?
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eriskay

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Thu, 13 May 10 17:04

Waiwera : Thanks for pointing out that error - I have changed it - I was wondering why you had queried it as I had referred to her having steam turbine propulsion in the 'photo details' box - goodness knows how I managed to indicate M.V. below the photo ... sorry
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meechingman

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Thu, 13 May 10 17:44

T.S would perhaps be more correct, as Turbine Steamer rather than just S.S for steamship.
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eriskay

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Fri, 14 May 10 02:30

For steam powered vessels I generally use the generic S.S. (Steam Ship) as some regard T.S. indicative of Twin Screw. Anyone else have views on this old chestnut that crops up from time to time? (Happy to change it again if S.S. is still considered as misleading)
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Locking Splice
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Fri, 14 May 10 03:11

Just thumbed that old classic "British Nationalised Shipping" by Clegg and Styring and she has the TSS preffix before her name.
She was a good ship, my Father served on her as AB and also Chippies Mate when she was brand new, my Brother Andy was also Chippies Mate on her, and I served on her several times between 1967 and 1973, as EDH, Quartermaster, and finally Bosun of her during her last season at Dover.
Always a popular ship with the local Railway Boat hands, and also the lads from the London Pools and the Hastings Navy who came down to make up the extra manning during the Summer Season. lol.
Although she was pretty modern by Railway standards at that time, I always remember the eight Lifeboats on her. Six of them were the easier gravity type davits however, number one and two boats (emergency boats) were the old style wind-out Quadrant type. Rope falls on stag horns too lower, rolling hitch or west country stopper to hold falls on recovery and transfer from winch to stag horn.
Funny what memories a photo can bring back.

Best Regards

Yuge
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eriskay

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Fri, 14 May 10 12:34

Yuge - thanks for that excellent bit of history and for the TSS info - have modified the original accordingly.
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Fairfield

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Fri, 14 May 10 16:34

Came over on her from Cherbourg when Sealink used to do the Cross Channel packages in conjunction with QE2. A mini liner in her own right.
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