We had one of these come alongside us once when I was serving in the Aurora and we were moored alongside the jetty in Portland. When she left she went astern and I seem to recollect it was quite a sight to see the flames coming out of the after funnel - can any of our Grey Funnel line members confirm that I wasn't seeing things ands that this did used to happen.
Gurka laid up and being used for spares to support Tartar and Zulu both of which remain in service with the Indonsian Navy. Mowhawk was scrapped, Nubian was sunk as a target and most spectacular of all was Ashanti when used as a torpedo target for Spartan and Sceptre. Was in Tartar in 1963/4 (Thumb)
Spent a few weeks on Gurkha doing my RNR time. Seem to remember these ships were only single screw with no bow thrust of course so needed to use the transverse thrust effect a lot when berthing - plus lots of warping!
My first sea-going ship was the Gurkha (Rosyth) in 1972 and I was on the Eskimo for a couple of years down in Chatham, leaving her decommissioned in 1981.
I can heartily confirm that these were flames shooting out! The tannoy warning pipe over the ship`s main broadcast system before starting G6 gas turbine was `stand clear of the after funnel,..G6 about to be started` and it was clear why this was the case!!
By the way, I joined Eskimo five days after GeeMcDee`s photograph.