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Search: Posts Made By: Avraham Ariel
Forum: The Radio Room 10th July 2020, 10:03
Replies: 52
Views: 2,695
Posted By Avraham Ariel
I think we all should take this opportunity to...

I think we all should take this opportunity to salute CIRM (Centro Internazionale Radio Medico) who was the pioneer of radio medical assistance and is still in service since in 1935.
As a master,...
Forum: The Radio Room 3rd July 2020, 14:40
Replies: 52
Views: 2,695
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Medico stories

How about some juicy MEDICO stories?
I am sure our sparkies have many of those.
With yr permission I shall open the thread with one of mine.
Back in 1959 I was a Chief Officer aboard a Zim...
Forum: Ship Research 17th April 2020, 08:17
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Avraham Ariel
I salute you Dave and assure you that in my...

I salute you Dave and assure you that in my humble opinion Extra Chiefs Steam and Motor is a more respectable degree than many PhDs – and Ship Master tickets – I know. I believe degrees should be...
Forum: Ship Research 14th April 2020, 20:42
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Dear Eddy, You hit the nail right on the head....

Dear Eddy,
You hit the nail right on the head. Yes, she was an 'auxiliary sailing vessel'. It seems the answer lies in LR list of such vessels. It will be easier to find a schooner of similar...
Forum: Ship Research 14th April 2020, 15:18
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Dear Dave, Thank you for your knowledgable...

Dear Dave,

Thank you for your knowledgable and enlightening reply to my query. It gave me an extra pleasure to read it wearing my academic cap (PhD Industrial Engineering, University of New South...
Forum: Ship Research 28th March 2020, 07:57
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Thank you Peter for your enlightening reply, and...

Thank you Peter for your enlightening reply, and Bob too.
I tend to agree it may have been a Hot-bulb engine. Weren't those referred to in the olden days as "Semi-diesels"? An old chief engineer...
Forum: Ship Research 23rd March 2020, 13:27
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Avraham Ariel
I have completed writing a book about that...

I have completed writing a book about that unfortunate vessel and her crew. I am now short of a few final minor details, including the power of her main engine in modern units of measurement.
It is...
Forum: Ship Research 21st March 2020, 07:41
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Lloyd’s Register – main engine particulars.

I am attaching an excerpt from LR 1934 (French Edition) in which I
highlighted the particulars of the schooner EMANUEL, missing since
January 1934.
Engine particulars appear in col. 13.
Can any...
Forum: Elder Dempster 17th February 2020, 07:54
Replies: 22
Views: 3,771
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Talking of old ships, here is a photo of my first...

Talking of old ships, here is a photo of my first command, s/s "Tsfonit", 5235 dwt, built 1937 as "Ernst L.M. Russ, at Flensburg, Germany. ASt my time she worked as a log carrier on the West African...
Forum: Elder Dempster 16th February 2020, 09:23
Replies: 22
Views: 3,771
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Next month it will be 70 years since I first signed on.

It was aboard Zim's s/s "Galilah" (Built 1913), one of four pax vessels that brought immigrants and passengers to Israel. I was 15 and still a student at the Haifa Nautical School.
I still remember...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 21st November 2019, 05:17
Replies: 38
Views: 10,910
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Another Black Star Line story that will be of...

Another Black Star Line story that will be of special interest to all Sparkies.
Back in December 1957 I was the chief officer aboard BSL's first vessel s/s "Volta River" (ex "Marsdale") on her...
Forum: The Radio Room 13th October 2019, 15:11
Replies: 12
Views: 2,137
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Radio Medico

I used CIRM about half a dozen times in the early 1960s while a master with Zim and Black Star Line. I was very satisfied – and grateful – for their service. My best MEDICO story, though, is not...
Forum: The Bridge 28th July 2019, 08:54
Replies: 52
Views: 8,315
Posted By Avraham Ariel
I salute that mate.

I am told only few like him exist nowadays.
That story reminds me of the poem THE MATE that I framed on my office wall when I was a chief Officer in the 1950s. Colleagues can find it on the web by...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 27th July 2019, 14:22
Replies: 73
Views: 11,876
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Norm, Are you fair dinkum? Do you call a...

Norm, Are you fair dinkum?
Do you call a government that killed over 500,000 local citizens, made more than 2 millions of its own people refugees and destroyed its country -- "The legitimate...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 26th July 2019, 16:09
Replies: 73
Views: 11,876
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Negotiating? My foot! My dear limey colleague,...

Negotiating? My foot!
My dear limey colleague, didn't Neville Chamberlain teach us the value of negotiating with dictators? I wish Maggie Thatcher would still be with us today. The Ayatollahs would...
Forum: The Bridge 6th July 2019, 16:49
Replies: 52
Views: 8,315
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Gm

Do I have a GM story for you!
In 1970, Maritime Fruit Carriers’ (MFC) m/v Alaskacore was on her maiden voyage with full cargo of refrigerated seed potatoes from Saint John (NB) to Montevideo. Just...
Forum: The Radio Room 18th May 2019, 05:34
Replies: 21
Views: 3,792
Posted By Avraham Ariel
International Code of Signals

I went to sea in 1951 after graduating from Haifa Nautical School, where the Signals Course contained Morse, Semaphore and International Code of Signals. I do not recall ever being in a position...
Forum: The Engine Room 8th May 2019, 04:50
Replies: 16
Views: 3,625
Posted By Avraham Ariel
The Black Gang

Who remembers there were WATER TENDERs too?
I recall sailing with those in 1953, aboard Zim's first transatlantic pax vessel "Jerusalem" (Ex Argentina, ex Bergensfjord, built 1913). I remember them...
Forum: The Engine Room 22nd April 2019, 14:10
Replies: 16
Views: 3,625
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Can you grease a donkey?

Hi,
Can any friend throw light on the origin of the story about the ship agent interviewing candidates for a donkey-greaer job by asking them “Can you grease a donkey?"
Tks
Forum: The Bridge 11th April 2019, 23:54
Replies: 57
Views: 8,039
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Passover and Easter

Varley,
Sorry for my belated reply, as I was traveling to The New World to spend Passover with my daughter, who, BTW was co-author of our book "Plotting the Globe" (see...
Forum: The Bridge 8th April 2019, 16:59
Replies: 57
Views: 8,039
Posted By Avraham Ariel
The best Biblical wine story

For the best Biblical wine story, which happened about 4000 years ago, that is ca. 700 years before Moses, I suggest you refer to Genesis, chapter 19, verses 33 to 38.
I can't say it was Cognac,...
Forum: The Bridge 6th April 2019, 11:47
Replies: 57
Views: 8,039
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Cognac

Cognac is French, as you know, and my favourite brand is Remy Martin. There's no Israeli cognac. There's Israeli "brandy", which Moses took a bottle of to Pharaoh, when the negotiations of the "Let...
Forum: The Bridge 5th April 2019, 16:11
Replies: 57
Views: 8,039
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Thumbs down 60,000 pax vessel

I can't comment about gin as I am a cognac person, but talking of huge cruise vessels, it came up already over 20 years ago. At that time the project (con job if you ask me) was called Freedom Ship...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 12th March 2019, 05:27
Replies: 36
Views: 5,517
Posted By Avraham Ariel
Cabin with a balcony

I did not ASK for one, but PAID for one as I cannot sleep with windows completely shut. One cannot open a window/porthole on those ships, as is the situation with most modern hotels. Recently at...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 8th March 2019, 07:06
Replies: 36
Views: 5,517
Posted By Avraham Ariel
"MSC Bellissima"

There's nothing wrong with that ad. The "most beautiful" refers to her name, not to her look. Great gimmick!
As to comments about her (and in fact most cruise ships) let us not forget those are...
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