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7 hatches, 26 sticks + 1 jumbo.....wonderful. All that is now required are wooden hatch boards!
 

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Barry,

Sorry they had Macgregors! Also steel tween deck hatch boards. We rather damaged an AB on the Glenfalloch in Lisbon when he didn't move when one of the tween decks was being opened, he didn't get out of the way when one of these steel monsters was swinging on the way out of the hatchway, result broken arm and very shaky Middies on the winch controls. The bosun gave everyone a bo****ing for the accident, especially the poor AB!

Number four hatch was a reefer space, with lockers in the tween decks.

Very hard working ships and I still carry a memento around in my right hand-a piece of a wire snagged through my glove and stuck in my hand, its still in there to remind me of eight months of my life spent on one of the most beautiful and businesslike ships ever built.

If I ever get five minutes and a slide scanner I'll be downloading some photos of my time with Ocean.

Regards.

Allan
 

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Allan

Thanks for the information. When I was serving my time with Palm Line, typical 5 hatches with 16 derriks + 1 jumbo general cargo vessels, they didn't have Macgregors on either the weather deck or tween deck due to the possibility of damage when loading logs. They were hard working ships, but good times all the same. Certainly kept you fit in the rainy season! I seem to remember that in those days, mid 60's, a typical crew was around 50. That included 10 on deck, not including the Bosun and Chippy. A wonderful environment to learn ones trade.

I look at modern ships and see function rather than grace or purpose.

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Barry

ps. Would love to see any images you have of life on the coast
 

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