i remember this one very well from smiths dock north shields, she was in for the voyage repairs but as she was 10 years old her stulcken derrick was to be overhauled when the foreman told me to get it ready for lifting ashore after the riggers had it stripped of her rigging we lifted it on the horizontal and it was head end heavy so put the heel pin in to balance it, it was a first time a stulcken had been done in the UK i believe the gooseneck weighed about three tons and when we tried to lift it out we could not get it to move until we went into the tween deck and took an inch dia drain bolt out the gooseneck flew out it was only grease and vac*** that was holding it in, the testing of it at jarrow buoys was a thrill a minute, but we enjoyed the experience of it all.
Would this [Smiths] have been the yard that I joined Harrison's "Custodian" as a new build in Feb 1961!!
Believe that she had her "Stulcken" derrick attached in Hamburg.
Sailed on her too.I was cabin-boy at the time. We called her the Big-A among the West Indian crew. Left Glasgow on night of 24th December 1977 for Barbados. Chief Steward was Tommy Smith. Heard a lot about him before meeting him, but he was a gentleman,and was impressed by him. The old man was Capt.Owen Owen. Purser was a, Paul ? nice guy though. Remember the 3rd Mate was from Antigua. Chief mate I think was a Mike Stoddart ? Fond memories of her, great ship.(==D)