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Ulster Star

The Blue Star vessel "Ulster Star", built H&W, Belfast, 1959, 9695 grt, 519ft x 70ft beam, scrapped 1979.
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I cannot remember ever seeing a British built and owned ship with derricks apparantly rigged in the style of the American, Japanese (and some others) style with the preventor wires strung between the head of two derricks.
I asked without success on an other posting what were the advantages/or disadvantages of this method of cargo rigging over the British method.
 

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jim are the not allready riged i mean the derricks hey its a hard life
terrymusic man
 

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Hi Terence, It took me a couple of reads of the above before I realised you were having just a little dig at me for using the word "apparantly".

Nice one Terry. - We former Fyffes people must stick together.

Now tell me what gives with the British style of rigging that most of rest of the world does not use.
 

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I have been in a few British ships with this system. Rather than preventers, they were always known as schooner guys in the the ones I was in. They were a labour saving device. You didn't have to handle the inboard guy of one derrick when setting up or stowing the gear.

Regards, Roy.
 

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Agree with Roy. Wire preventers were rigged from the outboard side of each derrick and took the weight off the outboard guy when working union purchase. Schooner guys, rigged between derrick pairs as shown, meant one less purchase was needed and simplified setting the derricks up.
 

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Roy/Barry,
Thanks for the info. Particularly correcting me on the terminology of schooner guys and preventers. With the apparent benefits of less purchases per pair of derricks I am surprised this type of rig was not used more on British built ships.
 

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