As well as being the cadet ship, Elders used Fourah Bay as a floating test bed for all sorts and makes of automatic controls on coolers, air compressors, boiler controls, double bottom contents guages etc. together with bridge control. This was supposedly to evaluate equipment for a future class, which never materialised. Bunkering the ship with the tank content gauges (located on the bridge) was a nightmare as they had no remote valve controls associated with them. When she was on the Liverpool/ Lagos express service she could do a round trip without bunkering only if every tank was pressed up. This involved a lot of screaming down telephones to the lads down below, but as far as I know she never had a spill.