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Blue Funnel ship Centaur working cargo in Singapore. Timber on and frozen carcases off. The passengers and sheep were already landed at this stage !

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Peteb, after being stuck in a box for 40 + years, unlooked at for most of that time, I converted loads of my half frame slides onto an SD card last year and amazingly the results were far beyond my expectations, especially as I didn't really know what I was doing !

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Berthed in Empire Dock presumably? Vivid memories of afternoon heat and humidity and that peculiar smell that timber gave off when loading. Those strange colour markings on the ends of timber pieces or bundles, eg two blue dots and one green dot on blue background! Trying to keep up with all that was a cadet/apprentice's nightmare.
 

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Waighty, Think it was actually at the head of the East Lagoon at the Eastern end of Keppel Harbour, where the first container terminal was built. We used to berth opposite or at right angles to the "new" container ships. (berth No. 47 at the time possibly?). Have another photo somewhere showing this, will dig it out. I may be wrong, you know how the memory is these days ! Fortunately for the Mates on the Centaur, we only used to carry small lots of timber, but on the other Blue Funnel cargo ships I remember filling holds with it, being so particular with the cargo plan and markings for the different lots and the separation involved.....only to see it discharged en masse back in Liverpool or London.

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A great image of "break-bulk" cargo operations in full swing, and it really does look like a water-color painting. Although I didn't sail for Blue Funnel, I did sail a lot lot of voyages on cargo liners of this sort, and this view certainly brings it all back. Thanks for posting.
 

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