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Lindesay Clark

Lindesay Clark. Australian flag bulk carrier. Built for Alcoa to transport Alumina from west Australia to Geelong and Portland.

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Hi Ulf & Ian
Spent many an hour watching from the bridge as she flexed and whipped in ballast heading to the west. I can also remember the cracks in the hatch coaming gussets between 2 and 3 & What a top spot Point Henry is.
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That “flexie” was more than a problem. Once at Pr Henry when checking the drafts I found ballast water were leaking out from a tank through a crack in the port side plating.
 

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And didn't I enjoy life in Kwinana. The designers of the Alco wharf kindly building a fixed head loader with the ships berthing on the leeward side. Can't remember one shift ship in 4 years that the Fremantle doctor didn't blow us halfway to Freo. Oh joy.
 

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Ulf,
Still on the run to & from Kwinana/Bunbury to Geelong. Now managed by ASP Ship Management.
 

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Having heard so many comments about the Flexible Ship I'm overcome with curiosity as to why? Why is she so flexible, is she the only one like this, where was she built, who designed her, has she a future, and so on.
She's been coming in to Geelong for about as long as I can remember, and I've posted a few photos of her, and I'd love to hear some answers to these questions.
 

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She was designed for five hold hatches but she was built with four hold and hatches. This due to some requirement for a loader over in WA, somewhere that could not reach all five holds. She therefore got four hold and become less rigid. This have over the years resulted in numerus cracks in the hull that have to be welded up as they are found. Have hard to understand how the class can let it go on. One day she probably snap in half and sink.?
 

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