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Was taking some pictures on board and using up some 35mm film homeward bound so decided to go down the pit while it was cooler and we were at anchor. (Hence all guages at zero)

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Don't know but I think the fire extinguisher came from a Post Office Telephones van.
 

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Ah yes, I remember the Pyrene CTC (Carbon tetrachloride) brass fire extinguishers.

Advantages -
An early and effective form of chemical combustion inhibitor.
The canister was not pressurised- you just pumped it!

Disadvantages -
When heated to high enough temperatures CTC breaks down to form phosgene - bad news in an enclosed environment.
CTC is itself toxic and a carcinogen.
CTC is also, to some extent, conductive - So no good at close-quarters electrical fires.
CTC has a boiling point around 75c - So needs to be kept in a cool place.

But as we did not have Health and Safety back then none of this mattered and it was OK to use in a hot confined space like an engine room......

Oh yes, and it is also a restricted substance because it helps to deplete the ozone layer.
 

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Hi Malcom
Never having had to use one of those things, I was unaware of the hazzards! I cannot, for the life of me imagine what use it would be on that engine!
As an electrical apprentice with UKAEA, I was well versed with what to use on electrical, oil or even uranium fires but all extinguishers were big and very RED.
 

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The best thing about the Pyrene and similar was that they polished up nicely.
The BCF replacements were painted green - They didn't look nearly as nice....
Malcolm.
 

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The engine controls look remarkably clean as you would expect with Blue Funnel .The photographer gives the name as Machaon and date as 1965 therefore the engine would be a Harland & Wolff - Burmeister & Wain - Opposed Piston, Eccentric Type that H&W- B&W always called the type to avoid upsetting Doxford.
Machaon was built in 1959 by Caledon at Dundee. I think her engine was 6 cylinder turbocharged a type that Blue Funnel had fallen in love with. I am open to correction on that
 

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Engine is J.G.Kincaid Eng No K300 6Cyl Opposed Piston 750mm bore x 1500mm + 500mm Stroke 2C SA PI
2 Cycle Single Acting Pressure Induction ( turbocharged)
8000 bhp @ 112 rpm.Trial trip 9/4/59. Engines for Holt were finished in silver paint
 

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John G Kincaid was a sub licensee of Harland & Wolff the Burmeister & Wain licensee.
Kincaid later became Clark-Kincaid and built Sulzer engines. Clark-Kincaid became part of the Kvaerner Group in 1990 and built its last diesel engine (a 15,500 bhp Sulzer 6 RTA62) in 1992. The company was then reduced to manufacturing spares for B&W and Sulzer engines.
 

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The Glenfalloch and Glenlyon which I sailed on, were powered with massive Sulzer engines. Having coasted on many Blue Funnel "A" boats, "M" boats (where the "cylinder heads" popped up and down!) as well as a number of steam turbines, it was nice to see what was to me, as an electrician, a normal engine.
 

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