Trying to remember dates - I with two other Tyne pilots did the first Sea Trials of Fort George - wondered if this was the return from the trial.
If it was then this was the failed trial because the rudder had moved on the rudder post - so at midships indicated she was carrying 20 starboard - this happened during full speed stern running trials and we had to come back with the rudder stuck about 20 degrees to starboard. We put her straight back into Palmers Big Dock - possibly this was the second trial - Anyone good with dates.
No she came as normal - if fact she was steering quite well - as long as the helmsman remembered the Midships was port 15 -- she had two rudders the port rudder was okay the starboard one was the one that had moved.
She had to be head up anyway as she went straight into the dock from sea.
The plot thickens. 36580 tonnes is a lot more than I recall from her sister Fort Victoria where my predecessor Jerry Carew handed her over as "32,000 Tonnes of Ocean Going Splendour".
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From the Defence Industries website it quotes "the displacement of Fort George as being 36580 tonnes" and that of "Fort Victoria as being 31565",
then in another publication quotes the displacement as being 32300 for both ships" . I know not what the official tonnage is and so I'll take your and Jerry Carews word for it. (Thumb)