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Hugh Ferguson

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Sat, 17 February 07 15:09

I experienced the "bore" on several occasions in 1945 and twice our stern fair-leads failed to stand up to the stresses. We were twice obliged to retreat into the Kiddapore Dock!
On approaching the Garden Reach berth I cannot recall the use of a tug:we simply edged in between other ships and the buoys whilst stemming the tide.
Ordinary mooring ropes were run out to the 4 buoys and then began the laborious job of hanging off both anchors, detaching a shackle of chain from each to be transported aft on the mooring barge. This chain was then hauled on board and made fast around the bitts whilst the mooring barge crew up-ended the buoy with a small crane so that the chains could be shackled on at the base of the buoys. Then, somebody cut the rope seizings and it all disappeared under the water. (How I wish I had had a tape recorder to capture the Bengali chanting that ensued).
Then, at the stern, would be hauled aboard the two relieving tackles, rove with coir rope, and their huge 4 sheave blocks. They stayed on deck and were shackled to the chains in order to absorb the initial energy when the bore arrived and literally, lifted the ship and flung it ahead.
The barge then went to the forward end where the chains were still on the windlass and in the hause-pipes. These were dealt with in the same way but with no necessity, at the up-river end, for coir relieving tackles.
The spectacle, when the bore arrived, was very dramatic, especially at night as the fairleads started to break up amidst a shower of sparks and flying bits of cast iron.
I can't resist a little pun! As we never actually broke adrift the only people who got bored were the engineers standing by in the engine room!!!
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Derek Roger
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Sat, 17 February 07 15:36

Nice picture Hugh . Ive seen the bore but never as big as your picture . Being on stand bye for the bores was a pain for the engineers !! Everthing ready and now whereto go . It was great to get to Kidderpore and Finished With Engines .

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rickles23

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Sun, 18 February 07 00:33

Brings back memories of the Severn River Bore.

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Hugh Ferguson

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Tue, 19 June 12 14:39

Should be viewed in conjunction with this 5* post:-
https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showth...t=Hooghly+Bore
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