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Terrifying scene, Harald Jarl

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Terrifyed kids watching their car beeing offloaded from the Hurtigruten onto the quay in Ålesund. Will this be the end of our holiday car??
This was standard procedure until some 10 years ago.
· Date: Thu, 21 March 13 · Views: 765
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Keywords: hurtigruten norway harald jarl nfds tfds
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Location photo was taken: Ålesund, Norway
Date photo was taken: July 20th. 1993
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Klaatu83
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Thu, 21 March 13 20:23

I did this many times when I was sailing, and not with a modern crane like this either, but with an old-fashioned pair of booms rigged as a "married-fall". I never saw a car dropped or damaged. The only misgiving I have about this scene is that the guy on the dock, at left, appears to be standing directly underneath the car, but that might be merely a trick of perspective in the photograph. The first lesson they used to teach people working on cargo ships was never to stand underneath a draft of cargo.
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Coastie

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Fri, 22 March 13 04:11

I've seen this done a couple of times with the old mailboats here.

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John Cassels
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Fri, 22 March 13 04:16

Quite standard practice especially when taking a car on board that belonged to one of the ships company.

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John Briggs

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Fri, 22 March 13 04:44

We never knew there was any other way of doing it.
Loaded dozens of cars by union purchase rigged derricks.

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Mad Landsman

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Registered: December 2005
Location: Poole
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Fri, 22 March 13 07:50

Normal procedure in Weymouth and on Jersey and Guernsey for the mail boats, which were built to take 20 cars in the hold. It continued for a couple of years even after the car ferries arrived in 1974.

I think that the last time the rig was used was in the early 80s when one of the ER crew was in hurry and 'abandoned' his car on the quay side - It didn't take much to get the Dockies to re-park it for him in a manner which ensured that he would remember the occasion.

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purserjuk

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Registered: July 2005
Location: Enford, Wiltshire
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Sat, 23 March 13 06:38

I remember a time in Takoradi when discharging cars by this method when the spreader landed across the bonnet of one as it touched down leaving a dent right across it. This was duly entered on a cargo damage report by the ship and the car left to await the owner. He arrived and was furious about the damage which he insisted was not there so we examined the car and there was no dent. The car had been standing on the quay all day in the sun and the heat must have "sprung" the dent out! Damage report cancelled and happy owner drove off. I wonder what happened when the night cooled the metal down. Anyway, one insurance claim we didn't have to meet.
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