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billyboy



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sitting atop the starboard A bracket. shaft away at the marine shops. we did plug the hole before the tide came back in...honest!
· Date: Sun, 4 November 07 · Views: 375
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Mon, 5 November 07 04:24

An amazing picture - can we learn more about this one please?
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Steve Hodges
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Mon, 5 November 07 17:02

Thought I recognised the name. If my grey cells serve me well (what's left of them! ) the A.A. Raymond was a suction dredger that stooged around the Thames Estuary in the mid '60s, when I was spending my formative years on Southend pier watching the ships go by. Hopefully Billyboy will give us the full details of this photo?
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billyboy

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Mon, 5 November 07 17:33

The AA Raymont was towed to Newhaven for conversion. Many local families had employment while that was going on.
Her massive diesels were ripped out and replaced by high reving ex-minesweeper engines. special reduction gearboxes had to be made. The picture shows her on the hard at Newhaven. Both propshafts removed for machining. Two lifeboats were tied together with planks across them to bear the weight of the shafts and they were towed by a local fisherman to the marine shops. I did hear late (I had left by then) that she was a right ***** to steer as she sheered about all over the place. Apparently it was a real nightmare triying to pass her in the thames due to her sheering. Reckon she could have done with a larger rudder.

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Mon, 5 November 07 18:01

Thanks Billy
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meechingman

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Tue, 6 November 07 05:25

AA Raymond was almost a permanent fixture at Newhaven, or so it seemed in the early 60's. Either down on the south hard or up by the bridge at the Marine Shops. She appeared in many postcards of the town. I'll see if I can find some.
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billyboy

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Wed, 7 November 07 18:34

Nice one Andy. look forward to seeing those

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