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Forum: The Engine Room 5th April 2020, 19:53
Replies: 13
Views: 572
Posted By spongebob
Great Paul, keep them coming , brings to mind...

Great Paul, keep them coming , brings to mind Bellis and Morcom, Tange, and others that slip my memory. These steam engines were the life blood of the NZ primary industry in the early days .

Bob
Forum: The Radio Room 27th March 2020, 08:51
Replies: 78
Views: 3,191
Posted By spongebob
Jocks in NZ is the universal term for men's...

Jocks in NZ is the universal term for men's underpants whether made under the Jockey label or any other.
Forum: Ship Research 27th March 2020, 04:37
Replies: 8
Views: 528
Posted By spongebob
NHP to me has always meant 'nominal horse power'...

NHP to me has always meant 'nominal horse power' to me and relating to internal combustion engine dimensions , bore and stroke etc.
Wasn't that the factor that Austin motors used in the 1920's...
Forum: The Radio Room 27th March 2020, 04:18
Replies: 78
Views: 3,191
Posted By spongebob
My spade has the foot rest on the right side but...

My spade has the foot rest on the right side but I genuflect with my left foot forward too. What does that make me, a confused Protestant ?

Bob
Forum: Royal Navy 27th March 2020, 04:11
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By spongebob
The shipwrights workshop at the Devonport...

The shipwrights workshop at the Devonport Dockyard was a joy to behold for anyone that admired the trade of wooden boat building . Civilian shipwrights apprentices had to build a clinker planked...
Forum: Royal Navy 24th March 2020, 04:45
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By spongebob
27ft Whaler I was familiar with these craft...

27ft Whaler

I was familiar with these craft while serving my time at the NZ. Devonport Dockyard .
The six ex RN Loch class Frigates each carried one , probably as original equipment , and I was...
Forum: Ship Research 28th February 2020, 02:59
Replies: 56
Views: 3,180
Posted By spongebob
I was invited aboard a liberty ship in Apia...

I was invited aboard a liberty ship in Apia harbour in 1958.
I had met the ships second mate on shore when we were loading bananas for NZ and his ship was anchored while negotiating to carry a load...
Forum: Say Hello 28th February 2020, 01:44
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By spongebob
Welcome to the site Chas, first ship in 1941 puts...

Welcome to the site Chas, first ship in 1941 puts you well into your nineties and well qualifies you as an old salt.
You must have a barrel ful of experiences of those early days and we would be...
Forum: Say Hello 25th February 2020, 20:36
Replies: 22
Views: 1,124
Posted By spongebob
Reinforced ferro cement construction of smaller...

Reinforced ferro cement construction of smaller craft was commonplace in NZ during the 1960's and 1970's as an alternative to expensive timber or fibre glass type hulls , these were mainly ocean...
Forum: Royal Navy 25th February 2020, 02:58
Replies: 31
Views: 2,411
Posted By spongebob
Norm, there must be thousands of those whitworth...

Norm, there must be thousands of those whitworth spanners floating around in the glory boxes of men that hope to find a nut for them one day.

Bob
Forum: Royal Navy 22nd February 2020, 23:50
Replies: 31
Views: 2,411
Posted By spongebob
Don't worry about drift, it is sometimes the life...

Don't worry about drift, it is sometimes the life blood of the thread.
Forum: The Radio Room 14th February 2020, 22:45
Replies: 53
Views: 4,337
Posted By spongebob
Was it still warm?

Was it still warm?
Forum: Histories 8th February 2020, 22:23
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By spongebob
Most of NZ's Union co's early post war ships came...

Most of NZ's Union co's early post war ships came from Henry Robb or Stephens yards .

Bob
Forum: Royal Navy 7th February 2020, 02:40
Replies: 31
Views: 2,411
Posted By spongebob
Buy 3 metres of 4"x2" today and its less than 10'...

Buy 3 metres of 4"x2" today and its less than 10' 0" long!
I believe those in the kitchen are still having a struggle with recipes being written in both codes . I've scratched the centremeter size...
Forum: The Engine Room 4th February 2020, 23:57
Replies: 41
Views: 6,958
Posted By spongebob
The one tool I used most during my apprentiship...

The one tool I used most during my apprentiship was a scraper, the type of engine I worked on most of this time were reciprocating steam engines as fitted to the Loch class frigates and to the bird...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st February 2020, 18:59
Replies: 41
Views: 6,958
Posted By spongebob
Good to see a thread leap thirteen years , there...

Good to see a thread leap thirteen years , there were some good one back then.
No argument , for pleasure, perfection, peace and quiet steam was the theme but alas money intervenes and we had what...
Forum: Bank Line 28th January 2020, 21:47
Replies: 17
Views: 2,211
Posted By spongebob
Thanks Pat, now I am with you, I think we used to...

Thanks Pat, now I am with you, I think we used to call them 'come alongs'.
Used them when pulling a tail shaft out of a frigate etc while the Yale pull lifts were used for more accurate lifts such...
Forum: Bank Line 27th January 2020, 21:59
Replies: 17
Views: 2,211
Posted By spongebob
At the NZ Dockyard we used Yale Reynolds chain...

At the NZ Dockyard we used Yale Reynolds chain type pull lifts that came in sizes up to Six ton capacity to do the pulling and lifting but I don't recall using
Turfers , perhaps they had another...
Forum: The Radio Room 23rd January 2020, 19:48
Replies: 53
Views: 4,337
Posted By spongebob
Closest I got to tv on board ship was when...

Closest I got to tv on board ship was when Rangitane berthed in the London dicks in 1957 and a set came on board to be set up in a small passenger lounge for the use of those standing by.
Tiny...
Forum: Ship Research 19th January 2020, 05:11
Replies: 17
Views: 1,191
Posted By spongebob
Yet another one, not a jumping of the ship but an...

Yet another one, not a jumping of the ship but an overstayers situation.
In the 1950's two young men from Cottingham near Hull had finished their two years of military service and were in search of...
Forum: Ship Research 19th January 2020, 04:39
Replies: 17
Views: 1,191
Posted By spongebob
Thanks for the PM Broughdean, another story has...

Thanks for the PM Broughdean, another story has crossed my mind , told to me in the early 1960's by Dick Simmers who was chief engineer of the NZ Refrigerating company in Christchurch at the time....
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 19th January 2020, 01:51
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By spongebob
Peter, Never sailed on her but well knew Jim...

Peter, Never sailed on her but well knew Jim Cowie who was a motor chief doing his steam time and Brian Osbourne , a bloke that I served my time with who was the day work engineer . This was late...
Forum: Say Hello 18th January 2020, 04:32
Replies: 24
Views: 3,158
Posted By spongebob
I came ashore to get married and took a temporary...

I came ashore to get married and took a temporary job as a technical sales clerk in the Auckland Branch of NZ's biggest engineering importer ,John Chambers and son , whose agencies included Babcock...
Forum: Ship Research 18th January 2020, 01:08
Replies: 17
Views: 1,191
Posted By spongebob
Jumping ships Not me, not well behaved...

Jumping ships

Not me, not well behaved little me , but my father did a bit of that stuff and although it might not be relevant to this thread here goes-

He served his apprenticeship in London...
Forum: Ship Research 17th January 2020, 02:50
Replies: 17
Views: 1,191
Posted By spongebob
Let's air a few of those member stories here,...

Let's air a few of those member stories here, surely it's too long ago to get you into trouble !

Bob
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