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Spot the w-anchor! Taupo in dry-dock at Singapore, Feb/March 1980 prior to it's last run for P and O. We had taken it out of lay-up in Dubai; dry-dock in Singapore then to Bluff NZ for a full load of frozen lamb. Then to Pitcairn Island, Panama canal and discharge at Avonmouth. Sold whilst at Avonmouth, June 1980.

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Went to Austasia Line renamed "Mandama"
BU at Chittagong June 1984.
 

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I was on the Taupo for two years and I've unsnagged that Anchor, I've used it for bowsing, I've stood on it and I've even painted the bloody thing. But for the life of me I can't remember if it was Black or Blue...;-)
 

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I remember seeing the four "T" boats layed up in Dubai, might even be a pic in the gallery somewhere. Sailed on two of them, Tongariro and Tekoa, pretty good ships unless you were a Junior Eng.
 

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Maybe the left over dregs in the paint locker.

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Not the biggest anchor I've seen, but arguably the prettiest.

There was the day when Olobiri's anchor came up the wrong way round and wouldn't house.

Leaning over the front end with a 4" gantling trying to snag a fluke 20 or 30 odd feet down to pull it round, and all the time accelerating in ballast up to 16 knots. And to pull the 22½ tons of anchor round needs a winch. Fun and games and a bit of hair tearing for a while.
 

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