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Search: Posts Made By: johnjames06
Forum: The Engine Room 4th August 2011, 17:05
Replies: 175
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Posted By johnjames06
penetrating oil

We found that a really good release fluid was vinegar mixed with coca cola.
Forum: The Engine Room 2nd August 2011, 14:36
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Phrases

Zebedee, What that phrase ment in the RN was thaton different ships there were different ways of doing things and different names for the same thing.
Forum: The Engine Room 2nd August 2011, 12:41
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
As we used to say in the RN different ships...

As we used to say in the RN different ships different cap tallies.
Forum: The Engine Room 1st August 2011, 22:25
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Tools

I have just thought of another one though, the old faithful Spanish windlass, a strop and a tommy bar to line pipes up, or anything for that matter, but I suppose that these days that has fallen...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st August 2011, 22:14
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Tools

Never thought of that John.
Forum: The Engine Room 1st August 2011, 20:19
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Prop nuts

Thanks for that Duncan, we never knew why it was called Pilgrim gear. I do'nt do safety myself but I agree that the HSE would'nt be too happy with ropes and cranes and blokes swinging off big...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st August 2011, 18:25
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Prop nuts

PS With hydraulic torqe machines you had to have something to react against eg the next nut along. I suppose on a prop nut you would have nothing to react against.

You could always try a...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st August 2011, 18:18
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Prop nut

I have never thought about this but surely the torque reading for these nuts is far in excess of what can be achieved with a flogger. I would think that you would have to know how tight the nut had...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st August 2011, 12:55
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Marlin spikes

In Liverpool they would call this a podger, and in the RN a fid. Old sailors would hold up their hand to you and say " Every finger a marlin spike". I found them useful for splicing rope.
Forum: The Engine Room 27th July 2011, 22:34
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
You are absolutely right, if you broke an easy...

You are absolutely right, if you broke an easy out it was the end of the line. Latterly though I worked for a company wealthy enough to provide spark eroders and it was wonderful to use an easy out...
Forum: The Engine Room 27th July 2011, 21:17
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Tools

Another really handy tool was a set of easy outs for removing broken studs and if you broke the easy out or a drill we had this brilliant piece of kit called a spark eroder which would burn the...
Forum: The Engine Room 26th July 2011, 18:27
Replies: 3
Views: 2,286
Posted By johnjames06
Watchkeeping

Hi keith, This was on the Bulwark as you know Albions sister ship. I did serve in Albion though 65 / 66. Im sorry the photo is so small but I have only just started sending attachments. I'll try...
Forum: Royal Navy 9th July 2011, 17:26
Replies: 26
Views: 8,516
Posted By johnjames06
The Far East

In the 60s if you were in the Far East you were probably going to be there for a long time and would eventually be entitled to station leave. While in Albion on Confrontation duties we took the train...
Forum: The Engine Room 8th July 2011, 19:03
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Blue asbestos

In the 50s the dangers of asbestos had'nt been invented, we would smash off and plaster on asbestos with gay abandon blissfully unaware.
Sometimes on steam valves the shredded asbestos had...
Forum: Royal Navy 7th July 2011, 19:25
Replies: 26
Views: 8,516
Posted By johnjames06
Anchor beer

On tropical routine I used to love a bottle of anchor with my tot in the POs Mess in Terror 1961.
Forum: The Engine Room 7th July 2011, 19:07
Replies: 175
Views: 28,996
Posted By johnjames06
Handy tools

In the RN the tool used for removing gland packing is steam.

Check the master valve is closed.
Check the drains are closed.
Open exhaust valve.
Open throttle valve.
Hide behind a big pipe...
Forum: Royal Navy 17th June 2011, 18:48
Replies: 33
Views: 6,055
Posted By johnjames06
Britannia

You are quite correct but my point is that if the Windsors had their way they would still be swanning around in her with diesels and latterly gas turbines and sod the expense.
Forum: Royal Navy 17th June 2011, 13:23
Replies: 33
Views: 6,055
Posted By johnjames06
britannia

I was delighted when they got rid of the Britannia. In these hard times why should one family have a bloody great boat like that to swan around in paid for by the taxpayer and manned by the navy,...
Forum: Royal Navy 15th June 2011, 21:01
Replies: 33
Views: 6,055
Posted By johnjames06
britannia

Here's a nice photo of Britannia off Dundee. The chap in the foreground is my late father.
Forum: The Engine Room 14th June 2011, 21:56
Replies: 75
Views: 24,105
Posted By johnjames06
Repairs

Did they mean that they stopped the engine, disconnected the big end, suspended the piston, restarted the engine and the worked on the repair. In the RN it's called slinging the piston. It allows...
Forum: Royal Navy 13th June 2011, 22:45
Replies: 13
Views: 3,691
Posted By johnjames06
Victorious

I think your correct, It's too small for Eagle, the only other 984 but is it Paula tioman?
Forum: Royal Navy 13th June 2011, 22:24
Replies: 19
Views: 5,141
Posted By johnjames06
telegraph orders

In the RN full ahead and full astern are emergency orders and you go as fast as you can as quick as you can. Half ahead is whatever revs are rung down. Slow ahead is always, throughout the navy 40...
Forum: Royal Navy 13th June 2011, 22:05
Replies: 10
Views: 2,214
Posted By johnjames06
Definition of drunkeness circa 1950

His eyes were glazed, his speech was slurred he smelled of alcohol he was drunk.
Forum: The Engine Room 13th June 2011, 20:19
Replies: 3
Views: 2,286
Posted By johnjames06
Old photos

Hi, Someone was looking for old photos but I can't find the thread but here goes. This is me throttle watchkeeping on an aircraft carrier 50 years ago.
Forum: The Engine Room 31st March 2011, 19:24
Replies: 57
Views: 4,744
Posted By johnjames06
Turning

Start with 1 inch piece of brass, drill your hole and turn the required length down to 1/4 inch. This will give you a better grip.
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