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Baltic Wal



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Someone was asking to see a photo of her. Taken in the Solent
· Date: Fri, 22 July 05 · Views: 713
· Tags: 1 · Filesize: 43.0kb · Dimensions: 600 x 390 ·
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mcook

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Registered: April 2005
Location: Ellijay, Georgia USA
Posts: 249
Fri, 22 July 05 10:16

Wasn't she one of the original DP vessels?
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Baltic Wal

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Fri, 22 July 05 11:22

Bowater's
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david smith

Registered: April 2004
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Fri, 22 July 05 12:02

Ex Elizabeth Bowater built 1958(?) 4045tg

from clyde site
"Elizabeth Bowater built Wm Denny Dumbarton 1955. Six cylinder Denny oil engine. 1973 Sold to Wimpey Marine and renamed Wimpey Sealab. 1980 Sold to Coe Metcalf and renamed Pholas. 1995 Sold to DSND Survey of Norway and renamed Norskald."

Sold march 2003 (laid up since 1998) Presumed scrapped
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cboots
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Registered: August 2004
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Sat, 23 July 05 01:35

Even with all that junk onboard her you can't mistake her being an old Bowater's boat.
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Steve Gray

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Registered: June 2005
Location: Sunderland
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Sat, 23 July 05 07:01

Hi,

I worked on her for quite a while whilst drilling in the English channel, she was one of the first vessels to be fitted with a dynamic global positioning system, 6 thrusters underneath, plus main engine, we had to push our little helicopter (4 pass) out of the hanger at Penzance airport to fly out to her, the pilot being ex US airforce (Vietnam) so his manouvers were scary to say the least. we had a proper bar on board, the yellow wellie.

Steve.
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andysk

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Wed, 17 August 05 10:36

Went for scrap early 2005, can't remember exactly when. I'll try to find out and report back in the next few days.

Cheers

Andy

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Pat McCardle

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Registered: June 2005
Location: SUNDERLAND
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Sat, 27 August 05 13:24

PHOLAS = Position Holding On Location At Sea
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tom nicholson
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Registered: August 2005
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Sun, 28 August 05 12:40

worked on the repair and drydocking of this ship on the tyne from a beautifull bowater and saw her graduallyturn into a rustbucket through various owners a sad ending.
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Coastie

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Location: Holyhead
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Sat, 10 December 05 13:30

Andy.

According to my records, she went for scrap in May 2003 somewhere in Latvia.

Best wishes.
Coastie

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Fairfield

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Registered: April 2004
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Mon, 12 December 05 08:29

Have a pic taken in Glasgow of her as NORSKALD. Will look it out.
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Sebe

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Holton le Clay
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Mon, 14 July 08 01:49

Courtesy of TheFreeDictionary
Pho“las
n. 1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Pholas, or family Pholadidę. They bore holes for themselves in clay, peat, and soft rocks.

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