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Port Townsville

Port Townsville in Royal Edward Dry Dock Avonmouth 25 October 1964

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Ray

A nice set of proper general cargo ships, brings back memories of when I started being interested in ships as a young lad. Any more!

regards Barny
 

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Do they use side shores when ships drydock anymore?
 

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Thanks Svein. Thought the practice had died out in the UK, or maybe only used when ships are in dock for an extendede period rather than a quick "wash and brush up".
 

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Barny

Thanks for your comment and I agree with you. I was also a young lad in the days when shipping companies had a pride in their ships appearance.

I will be posting more after Christmas.
 

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Would it be right to say that flags should come down when the vessel is no longer afloat - an argument from about 50 years ago
 

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That used to be the protocol same as down at sunset and dipping to warships etc, seemed to have died out very quickly in the eighties or thereabouts. Cant remember the last time I seen the Blue Peter in use used to check all the vessels docked every morning to see who was sailing that day, it was part and parcel of being a seaman then.
 

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Sam. seen the plumb bobs in Tilbury dry-dock. I believe the foreman shipwright could line up the stem of the vessel with the aid of the plumbs so she settled correctly on the blocks.
Cheers John.
 

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