Tmac will need to have a walk in the fresh air to overcome his excitement at seeing 1720...... That funnel insignia is actually based on the machine drawings for the original Sluice Valves made by H&W. (Jester)
Ohhhhhh errrrrr missus I've come over all queer like, my lips are all a quiver, to see yon lassie once again with her bum dipped in the river. (Jester) aye theng yew....(K)
If one observes this photograph closely one can see the prototype sluice valve secretly being removed from the forward end disguised as a crane grab. This suberterfuge was necessary to prevent the unique design of this item of equipment becoming known to anyone outside H&W in order to prevent plastic copies appearing for sale on e bay. I have however, a limited supply of the "genuine" article which are available at the "right price" to site members, just knock twice and say Tonga sent you. (Smoke) (Thumb)
As far as I remember, British Steel itself replaced the British crews with, I think, Filipinos, as a cost cutting exercise, must have been in the very early 90's. British Steel were at a recruiting fair at the University of Teesside at about the same time telling under-graduates what excellent job prospects there were with them. The suits at their stand weren't very pleased when I loudly asked them why they'd got rid of their British Officers and Crew from their ore bashers.
"How much job security did they have?"
Petty, and probably silly, I know, but a lone voice is better than none, I suppose, and at least it made the suits feel awkward for a little while.