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RFA Fort Duquesne

RFA Fort Duquesne in Pieta Creek Malta, 1955. This ship was the first RFA to have a helicopter platform fitted

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What is that on the hull below the accommodaion block? I've had a good look, it's not red lead and it's not staging. But it seems to be something attached to the side? I guess the ship had British Officers Rex, was the remainder of the complement Maltese or other?
Mick S
 

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Looks a bit big for a discharge board and is not iwo the engine room.

Crew of Fort Duquesne c 1955. - http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=139908

A useful map for failed jograffy students - http://rfaaplymouth.org/talhandaq/coppermine/displayimage.php?pos=-2448
 

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Thanks for the very nostalgiac map Dave. Mick, yes Maltese ratings in this ship and all those on Malta station 1950/60 - Blue Ranger and an Eddy (forget which one), Tideflow (later replaced by Tide Austral). Also Fort Beauharnois and Fort Dunvegan freighting UK to Malta, and Brown Ranger. As for that object on the ship's side, I am at a loss. Certainly not a discharge cover - it almost looks like a mooring dolphin or a paint cat with staging. Any local ideas Dave ?
 

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No dolphins that I know of. I'm stumped too.
It was this view of a ship that didn't seem to move very often that inspired me to join the RFA!
 

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Could be a discharge cover for toilets.
Once had a very disgruntled barge master in Rotterdam sign to me (as second mate on the Benledi), that we were filling his barge with turds, as the crew had not rigged the cover. Does look a bit long, heightwise tho.
 

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