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Search: Posts Made By: Robert Hilton
Forum: Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 17th October 2019, 15:19
Replies: 12
Views: 647
Posted By Robert Hilton
I have a Norie's Tables of 1888 containing a...

I have a Norie's Tables of 1888 containing a complete treatise on celestial navigation. It has Admiral Sumner's new method of reducing a star sight to a position line (before Marc St. Hilaire's short...
Forum: The Galley 16th October 2019, 15:50
Replies: 20
Views: 1,161
Posted By Robert Hilton
it's what health and safety is or was supposed to...

it's what health and safety is or was supposed to be. Now it's institutionalised and documented and I fear that may be displacing common sense. Thanks for the humorous query.
Forum: The Galley 15th October 2019, 16:59
Replies: 20
Views: 1,161
Posted By Robert Hilton
Any ship's cook would acquire great skill at...

Any ship's cook would acquire great skill at working under difficult conditions. Before health & safety was invented all seamen survived by being alert to all sorts of dangers, or suffered greater or...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 27th September 2019, 02:51
Replies: 30
Views: 1,137
Posted By Robert Hilton
By a lucky sequence of history nobody is likely...

By a lucky sequence of history nobody is likely to have to transmit the vessel's name by aldis lamp.
Forum: Offshore Oil & Gas Industry 22nd September 2019, 07:47
Replies: 20
Views: 9,950
Posted By Robert Hilton
I was looking for Mike Davenport some years ago...

I was looking for Mike Davenport some years ago and was told he had retired from ship management and gone to New Zealand. I did not pursue this as I found the information I was seeking elsewhere.
Forum: Tall ships 17th September 2019, 08:20
Replies: 27
Views: 1,938
Posted By Robert Hilton
Agreed. However I remember reading a what...

Agreed. However I remember reading a what appeared to be an autobiographical work that was on board a ship I sailed as apprentice in the 50's. I found it enthralling as it described all sorts of...
Forum: The Bridge 9th September 2019, 19:52
Replies: 25
Views: 1,608
Posted By Robert Hilton
Quite right. However I forgot to add that the...

Quite right. However I forgot to add that the toggle painter could still be used in a vessel dead in the water. The oaersmen on the off side would backwater and the boat's head would sheer as needed....
Forum: Histories 9th September 2019, 19:40
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Posted By Robert Hilton
Nice one, Barrie. Pretext indeed, but what can we...

Nice one, Barrie. Pretext indeed, but what can we expect from politicians?
Forum: The Bridge 9th September 2019, 06:59
Replies: 25
Views: 1,608
Posted By Robert Hilton
I think sheering off a lifeboat refers to the use...

I think sheering off a lifeboat refers to the use of the toggle painter made fast to the lifeboat's stern and led forward. As long as the ship had some headway the lifeboat's head rope would be let...
Forum: United States Navy 5th September 2019, 06:47
Replies: 19
Views: 1,605
Posted By Robert Hilton
Correct. And any number of electronic...

Correct. And any number of electronic applications seem to me to only exist to enable the so called designers to show off. Our Renault Scenic has persistent computer problems that don't really...
Forum: Say Hello 5th August 2019, 08:25
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By Robert Hilton
Er, which Newcastle?

Er, which Newcastle?
Forum: Say Hello 3rd August 2019, 07:38
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By Robert Hilton
Sorry to say I also only remember Maynards as a...

Sorry to say I also only remember Maynards as a sweet shop with no apostrophe. Dylan Thomas wrote of "Mintoes," but that may have been poetic licence. Good luck with the much more serious search.
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 28th July 2019, 11:57
Replies: 73
Views: 7,567
Posted By Robert Hilton
Agreed. One of my sea poems has a preamble from a...

Agreed. One of my sea poems has a preamble from a friend, "I'm glad I was through it in the right times."
Forum: Ship Research 23rd July 2019, 09:55
Replies: 25
Views: 2,969
Posted By Robert Hilton
If it could pound away with anything like secrecy...

If it could pound away with anything like secrecy it can't have been a British Seagull. When I lived by water with no roads anywhere near I could hear visitors approaching before they came within a...
Forum: Ship Research 22nd July 2019, 09:43
Replies: 25
Views: 2,969
Posted By Robert Hilton
Barquette is a French culinary container....

Barquette is a French culinary container. Aluminium foil ones are sold in French supermarkets for packaging food cooked in them such as brawn or pate. The pastry ones are less common now, except...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 20th July 2019, 20:30
Replies: 73
Views: 7,567
Posted By Robert Hilton
However in a war everybody loses.

However in a war everybody loses.
Forum: Brocklebank Line 17th July 2019, 10:05
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By Robert Hilton
Thanks Phil. A Danish lass once made me a...

Thanks Phil. A Danish lass once made me a "Pirate's Eye," which was a slice of toast with a hole at one side with the egg fried or poached in it, and the piece from the hole on the other side to...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 16th July 2019, 19:08
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By Robert Hilton
Please tell us how they are made. I scramble...

Please tell us how they are made. I scramble three eggs for breakfast and stir in a teaspoonful of chopped anchovy. It doesn't take much.
Forum: Bank Line 16th July 2019, 17:05
Replies: 15
Views: 1,951
Posted By Robert Hilton
I knew a man who bought a house in Finchley and...

I knew a man who bought a house in Finchley and was surprised to fine that, if he had an erection in the garden, it was to be no more than six feet in length, breadth and height.
Forum: Ship Research 15th July 2019, 21:24
Replies: 40
Views: 3,656
Posted By Robert Hilton
Motor yachts are now sex barges. We called them...

Motor yachts are now sex barges. We called them that in the 50's.
Forum: Bank Line 14th July 2019, 20:53
Replies: 26
Views: 2,848
Posted By Robert Hilton
Most of them.

Most of them.
Forum: Ship Research 7th July 2019, 20:22
Replies: 40
Views: 3,656
Posted By Robert Hilton
Nevertheless the ship only needs swinging, or the...

Nevertheless the ship only needs swinging, or the compass adjusting, after building or after repair work or alterations. So whatever the material the compass will only be affected by change of the...
Forum: Ship Research 6th July 2019, 07:57
Replies: 40
Views: 3,656
Posted By Robert Hilton
Quite right, though other companies called us...

Quite right, though other companies called us apprentices. Applying varnish was the easy reward for all that scraping and sanding. Teak rails would be either bare and oiled after vigorous treatment...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 3rd July 2019, 22:08
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By Robert Hilton
The name Horlock is associated with sailing barge...

The name Horlock is associated with sailing barge owners around Mistley, Essex, until some time in the 20th century. There might or might not be a link. Others will know more about it than I do.
Forum: Say Hello 22nd June 2019, 08:13
Replies: 23
Views: 4,396
Posted By Robert Hilton
I'd be interested to see images, but wouldn't...

I'd be interested to see images, but wouldn't trust my valuation. Knowing what I like isn't knowing the market.
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