No I was on the Topdalsfjord and the Viksfjord in NAL. So why the bars underneath the winch house? Valuable cargo?
Regarding valuable cargo: I told a 1st mate on the bridge once that much whiskey had been stolen by the dockers in Montreal, they had been breaking open many cases and the chief mate didn't seem to mind, waving off my information that much was handed back ashore. ''We have no whiskey in the cargo,'' the 1'st said, and he showed me the cargo-plan to prove it: no whiskey there. I wonder how it was delivered? Regards, Stein.
I have a slide of the LYNGENFJORD towards the end of her life off Mozambique in a rather sad and dilapidated condition - I'll post that pic shortly. (I've just done into the cargo ships gallery)
The bars are for special cargo stowage, spirits, tobacco products and the like, which needed to be kept secure but visible. We had similar on Clan Macleod, on a voyage to India. However, we had too much for the store, so some was placed in open stow, unsurprisingly pilferage was high, maybe some didn't even make into the ship from the dockside in Birkenhead in the first place !
1948 LYNGENFJORD (NAL)
1970 AMRONTO (Sverre Amundsen, Haugesund)
1976 EASTERN VALOUR (Gokal Bros, UK)
7 Dec 1979 Karachi Laid up
17 Apr 1980 Kaoshiung Scrap
Hi Andy. Yes I thought I did faintly remember bars on the Topdalsjord too, and something along that line as explanation. Good looking ships these, the Lakes in summer, US East coast in winter. Reefers are seen as generally classy, but the lakers too had a bit of style over them to my mind. At least those of NAL and Olsen & Ugelstad, which I knew well. Regards, Stein.