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Forum: The Engine Room Today, 01:13
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By spongebob
Another safety valve drama, We had installed a...

Another safety valve drama,
We had installed a 15,000 lb/hr SBC 'Steambloc' boiler at Auckland Airport to service Air NZ's new main hanger . The new free standing boiler house was alongside the...
Forum: The Engine Room Yesterday, 03:28
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By spongebob
Boiler surveyors , safety valves , things that...

Boiler surveyors , safety valves , things that bring back memories good and bad.
We had installed a new coal fired fire tube boiler designed to produce 20,000 pounds of steam per hour at 160 psi ...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th May 2020, 22:45
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By spongebob
We called them manholes, 15" x 11" and 16"x 12" ,...

We called them manholes, 15" x 11" and 16"x 12" , hand holes, 7" x 5" and mud holes 6" x 4".
Those 15x11 manholes were often the breaking point for many a surveyor that was a bit chubby .
The door...
Forum: BP Shipping 22nd May 2020, 05:19
Replies: 47
Views: 3,548
Posted By spongebob
Thanks Bruce These posts excite the digestive...

Thanks Bruce These posts excite the digestive juices and now, with time galore on my hands I would love to see some recipes that you pundits are still preparing.
I grow most vegetables and...
Forum: BP Shipping 18th May 2020, 06:16
Replies: 47
Views: 3,548
Posted By spongebob
One regret is that I never sailed on a ship that...

One regret is that I never sailed on a ship that featured real curries on the menu. Rangitane was a passenger ship that sported a very English menu and I particularly enjoyed my introduction to...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 16th May 2020, 04:29
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By spongebob
We chew through black ink cartridges at a rate ...

We chew through black ink cartridges at a rate of knots as we copy and enlarge the two morning paper's crosswords to do competitively each day.
Due to our fading eyesight we enlarge the copies to...
Forum: The Engine Room 10th May 2020, 06:40
Replies: 30
Views: 2,320
Posted By spongebob
Thanks for the suggestion Tony , I can do that...

Thanks for the suggestion Tony , I can do that but I posted the above as an extension to the warming though thread's dos and donts .
I talked about it enough long ago as the Second that pulled the...
Forum: The Engine Room 10th May 2020, 02:21
Replies: 30
Views: 2,320
Posted By spongebob
This is one compressed air start that I am glad...

This is one compressed air start that I am glad that I did not make

Navua engine damage

The worst possible outcome from an air start of a marine diesel engine came in the mid fifties when the...
Forum: Model Ships 10th May 2020, 02:11
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By spongebob
In a word, beautiful Bob

In a word, beautiful

Bob
Forum: The Engine Room 8th May 2020, 00:01
Replies: 15
Views: 1,365
Posted By spongebob
No Gordon, not him, this bloke was a young...

No Gordon, not him, this bloke was a young Irishman who couldn't hold his booze and as we did not have a dayworker motorman to take his place and neither of the other two watch keepers were willing...
Forum: The Engine Room 7th May 2020, 01:10
Replies: 30
Views: 2,320
Posted By spongebob
Compressed Air Starts

Compressed air engine starts

Itís a long haul from Third Mate to Shipís Master and a wide range of learning to accomplish but in my memory the skill of ship handling, i.e. maneuvering a ship to or...
Forum: Ferries 6th May 2020, 06:34
Replies: 0
Views: 231
Posted By spongebob
The Long Haul

THE LONG HAUL

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge had been built and opened to traffic on 10th May 1959 and the old Devonport Steam Ferry Company had been paid about a million pounds...
Forum: The Engine Room 6th May 2020, 05:59
Replies: 6
Views: 854
Posted By spongebob
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

something to rouse the memories

Back in the old days, the days before engine control rooms with telemetering, remote controls, computers, earmuffs and air conditioning the watch...
Forum: The Engine Room 5th May 2020, 22:41
Replies: 15
Views: 1,365
Posted By spongebob
All the retired Bowmen in the Duke of...

All the retired Bowmen in the Duke of Wellington's Army must have had the same problem .
Like the song - "Where have all the flowers gone"
It will be where have all our mariners gone one day
...
Forum: The Engine Room 5th May 2020, 21:14
Replies: 15
Views: 1,365
Posted By spongebob
Thanks for your comments everyone. It has...

Thanks for your comments everyone.
It has occurred to me that the current postings on SN while still packing in the Nostalgia of bygone ships and shipmates , it is tending to draw more comment...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 5th May 2020, 10:31
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By spongebob
Geoff, you leave me red faced but fully sated. ...

Geoff, you leave me red faced but fully sated.
thank you very much

Bob

Re ourJacinda, leave the girl alone ,she is learning as she goes
Forum: The Engine Room 5th May 2020, 10:27
Replies: 15
Views: 1,365
Posted By spongebob
Warming Through

This is a re post of a thread 12 years ago which i thought might invite or incite stories of similar experiences


Warming through,

I dream a lot these days nothing exciting, nothing grim,...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 5th May 2020, 00:39
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By spongebob
Windows ten aid

For some years now I have been using my iPad for surfing the net and SN but my earlier activities are on file on my seldom used laptop which was replaced a few years back which saw a change from...
Forum: The Engine Room 4th May 2020, 01:29
Replies: 26
Views: 2,883
Posted By spongebob
Reminds me of the time the Bird class minesweeper...

Reminds me of the time the Bird class minesweeper Kiwi was in the Devonport NZ dry dock and a leading hand fitter , John Bruce , was given the last minute task of pulling the old packing out of the...
Forum: The Radio Room 27th April 2020, 06:37
Replies: 13
Views: 979
Posted By spongebob
Ah , the Devonport Yacht Club and the Masonic Pub...

Ah , the Devonport Yacht Club and the Masonic Pub across the road . I spent a lot of time in both in my youth.

Bob
Forum: Ship Research 26th April 2020, 07:34
Replies: 61
Views: 2,951
Posted By spongebob
Can anyone recall the maker of the...

Can anyone recall the maker of the electro-hydraulic winches used on all the Union co colliers and other ships in lieu of the more dependable Clarke Chapman?

Bob
Forum: Ship Research 26th April 2020, 05:54
Replies: 14
Views: 973
Posted By spongebob
The Manukau harbour entrance bar meant that the...

The Manukau harbour entrance bar meant that the Onehunga port was only navigatable by smaller coaster vessels while the Auckland side Waitemata Harbour was a deep water port that can take all ships....
Forum: Ship Research 26th April 2020, 05:43
Replies: 61
Views: 2,951
Posted By spongebob
You are dead right John but the Second enginner ,...

You are dead right John but the Second enginner , Arthur Maltby , was an older man who had been on the Pacific islands run for years and he referred a lot of business to this Trader so he had a bit...
Forum: Ship Research 26th April 2020, 04:17
Replies: 61
Views: 2,951
Posted By spongebob
This takes me back to my first trip to Suva on...

This takes me back to my first trip to Suva on the Banana boat in 1957.
Many electrical goods and other non essentials were banned imports to NZ so Suva was an ideal opportunity to get myself a...
Forum: Ship Research 23rd April 2020, 21:19
Replies: 26
Views: 1,132
Posted By spongebob
ER, I imagine that after you have passed the...

ER, I imagine that after you have passed the ancient liquid through your system it will take all of those millions of years to get back in the bottle !

Bob
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