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Oti

The British m/s OTI, 137,24m/ 5.485gt/ 12,5kn; 26/04/1956 completed by Harland & Wolff & Co., Ltd., Belfast, for Elder Dempster Lines, Ltd, Liverpool; 1972 MIMI METHENTIS, Minimeth Shipping Ltd., Famagusta; 1976 GOLDBEACH, Goldbeach Shipping Co., Ltd., Limassol; 1979 NICOLAS K, same as above

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Joined Her in Antwerp,22/10/64.
She was awkward on deck,with the derricks topping gear clustered together on top of the mast-house.
But a good trip,with a great crowd.
ttfn. Peter.
 

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Hi Peter,
As you say -she was awkward on deck...topping lifts were turned up on
bits under the drumends of the winches.
Tilbury Docks - At 7am on 10th May 1957 we riggers were topping a derrick
at aft end of No2 hold..a chain stopper was put on the topping lift and as my
pal Norman Elvin took the turns off the winch drum to turn up on the bits -
the chain stopper failed to hold the topping lift.. the derrick came down.
Norman was caught in a bight of wire and thrown accross the deck.His head
struck the lead block near the base of the mast and his head was severely
injured... Sadly Norman died in hospital a few hours later.
The purchase on those 10 ton derricks was only 2 and 1 sheaved..also the
links of the chain stopper were too big to grip the topping lift securely..
Two Kroo boys had been killed on her during that trip.
Stan
 

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What a sad and tragic story and it still angers and annoys me to this day as to who designs cargo gear and other fittings in such an awkward manner . Nobody ever has a word with the poor sods in the 'Front Line' and canvasses their opinion. No , just go ahead and they'll sort sdomething out themselves.
 

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Hi Stan.
A tragic story indeed, and as Stumps says those that designs the deck lay-out never have to work it.
Standing on the mast-house,in the dark, you had to look up and follow the topping lift wire from the top, down to see which
set of bits its on. It could be a bit hair-raising with 4 or 5 men up there, and the Mate wants some derricks up and some down.
The last T&J Harrisons I sailed on, they had stopped all topping of derricks on the drumend. You had to run the topping lift wire
on to the body of the winch,after removing the cargo runner,after the derrick was set,run it back on,what a work-up.
ttfn. Peter.
 

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