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Hopper barge built for the Central Electricity Generating Board by Ferguson/s at Port Glasgow fitting out at Greenock in 1985

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Did this ship used to run into Blyth Power station when it was in existence - thought I may have seen it there??
 

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gadgee she was based at Blyth for a number of years taking ash from the power station to be dumped out at sea.She replaced the Sir Fon.
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She worked out of Blyth until the power station closed. As a favour, I did some relieving on her. It was great to know when you sailed that you would be home again for tea. And a very different seagoing experience - she is really two mirror image ships and engine rooms, operating as one hinged at deck level. Note the two funnels and the offset masts on the other picture posted here.

Greenpeace were on board to interrupt her. So they chained themselves between the separation in the rails on the bow. As the two hulls separated they would be torn in two,was the threat. Fast boats tried to impede the ship's progress and TV crews were in abundance to record the 'dangerous' event. There is a massive clonk as the locking pins are released from the bridge and a lot of noise as the two hulls come apart like a pair of dividers. The disappointment on the protestor's face was tempered by relief as the tension on his handcuffs DECREASED causing much merriment to the crew. :}

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Here's WD Medway splitting. There are several other pics in SN Gallery of this type of vessel ;just enter "split hopper" in search: -

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10829/si/wd%20medway/what/allfields/whenterm/y
 

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Thanks Paul - I had a look at them - good pics too,
Ken
 

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this one still going strong, im skippering her in lagos nigeria
for a company called lagos channel management
 

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miamivice - heres she is on the way down to Nigeria for you :-
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/59600/ppuser/3653
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=59599
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/59598/ppuser/3653
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the twin hulls built by fergusons and the wheelhouse built by ailsa yard and was put on by the big crane at james watt dock.I worked in fegusons yard when this boat was built good to see the photos.jg kincaids engine work now gone in the background.
 

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