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MANCHESTER PROGRESS

BUILT 1966 /71 CONVERTED FOR CONTAINERS /72 RENAMED MANCHESTER CONCEPT / 80 CHERRY BUNGA / BROKEN UP 1985

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Official picture taken on the delivery trip from Smiths Dock. I was senior apprentice on her at the time. I say senior apprentice. I mean unpaid EDH. The mate used to give us all the jobs he wouldn't give the crowd for fear of industrial action I think. She had deep tanks for lard which I remember I overflowed when I got the ullage calculation wrong thus resulting in a half inch coating on the deck turning it into something like an ice rink with people falling about all over the place like a Laurel and Hardy film. The big ugly crane amidships was a 30 tonner for lifting containers on board but suffered constantly from hydraulic leaks. Happy days sailing the Great Lakes on her though.
 

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sailed on her early summer 1970 up the lakes those deep tanks was a hell of a job to steam clean before loading lard lucky for us they was passed inspection first time, not like on the renown in 1968 we had them knocked back twice and it was aug and 90 odd degrees and I don't know what it was in the tanks with oilskins on and the steam pipe going, glad to get ashore for a few beers later come to think of it we were always glad to go ashore for drink like you say happy days
 

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