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Remember this? A Thunder Box built on the Clan Grant in Kakinada, India 1976. Imagine the shock when it was engaged and the mast of a cargo dhow hit it causing the occupants to eject himself very quickly out of it>
· Date: Sat, 9 June 07 · Views: 841
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JoK
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Registered: November 2006
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Sat, 9 June 07 15:12

No working WC's?

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Banni

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Sat, 9 June 07 15:49

The Thunder Box was built for the 'dockies' who lived onboard on deck whilst loading tea. We were at anchor off Kakinada. Our WC's were much more comfortable thank god.
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eldersuk

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Registered: October 2005
Location: Liverpool
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Sat, 9 June 07 16:56

Known on the West Coast as the 'African Ensign' as they were built on the poop (no pun). Once saw one get hung up in a tree in the creeks, necessitating a quick roll call.

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Mick Spear

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Registered: January 2007
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Wed, 11 July 07 10:32

'Africa ensign' i like that, made me laugh.

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Fri, 28 November 14 02:22

On the Indian Coast it was called a Bombay ensign
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Pat Thompson

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Registered: January 2006
Location: Mickleton
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Fri, 28 November 14 04:30

Greetings,

We used to have one rigged in Kepwickhall up the Shatt-al-Arab back in the 60s. Needless to say the moderators will get grumpy if tell you what is was called there, I leave that to your imagination.

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Chris Isaac

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Fri, 28 November 14 07:45

The older UC passenger mail ships (Capetown, Stirling, Athlone) had a native latrine on the foredeck that comprised a long wooded bar running between about 6 cubicles. A stream of running water went in one end of the latrine and emerged the other and was pumped away.
Hours of amusement could be had by floating a large wad of blazing newspaper from the upstream end and observing the reactions as it floated downstream through the cubicles.
I must add that the perpetrators were the occupants fellow dockers, not us !

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dja
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Fri, 28 November 14 08:14

Seen the same flaming newspaper trick played in the communal toilets at Smiths Dock, North Shields when in drydock there in the early 70's. Mind you it was almost welcome as it was mid winter and bitterly cold !
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Enri
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Fri, 28 November 14 10:30

Had these built forward when in Bangkok, but the buggers always seemed to prefer the hawse pipe. Also had a toilet for stevedore use, but was kept locked due the state it was generally left in.
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