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Mauretania being painted

Mauretania being painted. The stages seems to be pulled against the ships side with ropes going through portholes. Not an option for a cargo carrier. My experience was a "painter" (right word?) slung around the bow, or stern as need be, pulling the stage in.

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Bowsing-in line Stein. I wonder what happened to the Port Anchor?. No Rollers in those days.
 

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Thanks Strawbs. A painter is only for pulling a boat?
The anchor is perhaps taken ashore for a sandblast (or something equivalent) and a repaint? They've got a crane handy for that. Stein.
 

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You are welcome Stein. You are posting some lovely Pictures My friend.
My best Wishes to You. Rgds.
 

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I guess this is another daft question from a bloke who sits at computers all day - how do they do this job nowadays?

I can't imagine Health and Safety approving that kind of setup.

Brian
 

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Painting by stage and Bosuns chair is still perfectly legal and safe. You have to wear a safety harness these days, which tend to put people off as they make it harder to move around in. It could be argued that makes it perhaps more dangerous.
So painting is still done in much the same way, it's just you don't see it too often with port stays being cut short and many companies cutting maintenance budgets to the bone so the only painting that goes on is in drydock. That is, every 2-5 years.
 

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Most paint jobs are done in refits. Otherwise it's mainly touch-up here and there, still using stages(safety tested)and wearing a harness. RFA boys do quite a lot of over the side painting but quite often using a paint-cat as supplied by the Royal Dockyards. These days most Merchant vessels don't have enough Hands to do the Job. Mind You these days, Rigging a stage or Bosuns chair is a dying art. Rgds.
 

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As a cadet, one the of the jobs I looked forward to was rigging up the Bosuns chair and spending the best part of a week painting the funnel. This was of course in the Far East, on the tall funnels that steam tankers from the 70s/80s were blessed with.
Aye, just wearing shorts and boots, gently swinging in the chair as the ship rolled and with a fine breeze blowing. All the time lapping up the bronzy!
Then once the job was done, getting a case of beer from the Mate as a thankyou.
After that it was usually off to painting the (very tall) samson posts and greasing the derrick wires.
Happy days it certainly was.

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An excellent photo !!!!!
It's always great to see shots of seafarers at work - showing something of their daily lives, you don't see many photos like the one above.
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Emmanuel
 

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Thanks for sharing a wonderful image.

Best wishes,
 

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I am appalled to note that James C took a WEEK to paint a funnel--is that true ? or were you on your own ? WOW!---Lucky You werent on the Empress of Scotland ! (LOL)

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Peter
 

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