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Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World Today, 02:39
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By spongebob
I vaguely recall that Gordon , Cheltenham beach...

I vaguely recall that Gordon , Cheltenham beach was very shallow shelving right out towards the Rangitoto Channel so it was a hazard .
The recent engine failure with the Funning has brought about an...
Forum: Ship Research 9th July 2020, 22:00
Replies: 29
Views: 9,270
Posted By spongebob
Around the Auckland docks AHB stood for Auckland...

Around the Auckland docks AHB stood for Auckland Harbour board who emblazoned their property with these initials
A neighbourhood bloke I knew who used to work for this organisation had a good...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 6th July 2020, 01:13
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By spongebob
Midday report, weather abating , ship clear of...

Midday report, weather abating , ship clear of shipping channel but as she hit a buoy they are checking the propellor and rudder before re starting the engine.

Bob
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 6th July 2020, 00:30
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By spongebob
Engine failure

We awake to the news that a Singapore register log carrier has had an engine failure as she cleared Tauranga Harbour early this morning laden with logs for china .
The Funing-9690913 in now anchored...
Forum: The Radio Room 5th July 2020, 03:04
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By spongebob
I tried it as Braille but it didn't gel !

I tried it as Braille but it didn't gel !
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 30th June 2020, 06:54
Replies: 21
Views: 1,132
Posted By spongebob
Robert Hilton's post 14 was in fact a reality...

Robert Hilton's post 14 was in fact a reality when Gracie visited NZ .

At the end of WW2 New Zealand was fully stretched with its electricity generating capacity and the whole North Island relied...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th June 2020, 21:28
Replies: 32
Views: 2,177
Posted By spongebob
Trying to think through all this fog , both steam...

Trying to think through all this fog , both steam and time gone by , is it correct to say that a two-stroke piston bottom end bearing is always loaded on the top half whereas a four-stroke cycle the...
Forum: Royal Navy 29th June 2020, 10:00
Replies: 13
Views: 916
Posted By spongebob
The Cruiser Black Prince , like most Naval...

The Cruiser Black Prince , like most Naval warships had pressurised boiler rooms with forced draught fans pressurising the whole space .
This meant that entry to the boiler room was via air lock...
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 29th June 2020, 05:43
Replies: 10
Views: 521
Posted By spongebob
I never realised that Russia had yet another...

I never realised that Russia had yet another thread and nut standard . I was bad enough with BSW , BSF, Birmingham bicycle etc.
I am miles away from nuts and bolts theses days but did Europe ever...
Forum: The Radio Room 26th June 2020, 02:55
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By spongebob
Off key , but I am reminded of that old chestnut...

Off key , but I am reminded of that old chestnut from the WW1 trenches at the Somme.
The commanding officer asked his deputy to get his men to relay the following message along the trench and back...
Forum: The Engine Room 25th June 2020, 04:02
Replies: 32
Views: 2,177
Posted By spongebob
It is a long time since I had anything to do with...

It is a long time since I had anything to do with marine engines be they reciprocation steam or four or two stroke diesels but I wonder how far the designs and durability have been improved since say...
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 21st June 2020, 09:10
Replies: 21
Views: 1,132
Posted By spongebob
ER, she blotted her copy book with many of the...

ER, she blotted her copy book with many of the British public when she married Monty Banks , a man of Italian birth who was regarded as an alien during WW2. She lived on the Isle of Capri and later...
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 20th June 2020, 07:21
Replies: 21
Views: 1,132
Posted By spongebob
Dame Vera and her back up Gracie Fields saw us...

Dame Vera and her back up Gracie Fields saw us through those terrible times of WW2

Bob
Forum: The Engine Room 20th June 2020, 02:06
Replies: 80
Views: 6,017
Posted By spongebob
There was a time when a large Belgium suction...

There was a time when a large Belgium suction dredge had completed its work on the new Bluff Harbour reclamation and needed to be towed up to Lyttelton Harbour to do more work.
Our ship Navua was...
Forum: Elder Dempster 18th June 2020, 20:59
Replies: 70
Views: 4,899
Posted By spongebob
My most awkward moment at the Captains table was...

My most awkward moment at the Captains table was On the Collier Kaitangata where the Master sat at the top of one long table and was flanked by the Mate and Chief engineer with the rest down the...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th June 2020, 21:05
Replies: 80
Views: 6,017
Posted By spongebob
That smell comes from the chemical recovery...

That smell comes from the chemical recovery boilers that burn the liquid residue from the paper pulping process in order to recover valuable chemicals for reuse .
Not only does it stink to high...
Forum: The Engine Room 14th June 2020, 06:13
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
Posted By spongebob
Another close call, In my late twenties I was...

Another close call,
In my late twenties I was moonlighting for my brother in Law on a building site on Saturday mornings to earn a few extra bob and we were fixing 8' x 4' sheets of fibre cement...
Forum: Elder Dempster 14th June 2020, 04:58
Replies: 70
Views: 4,899
Posted By spongebob
Thinking about it, on the lower manned Union Co...

Thinking about it, on the lower manned Union Co ships I always dined with the Second Mate. After all we both did the dinner meal relief for the Mate and Second E and were relieved by the Third Mate...
Forum: The Engine Room 14th June 2020, 04:36
Replies: 80
Views: 6,017
Posted By spongebob
Ambergris had a real charm about it when I was a...

Ambergris had a real charm about it when I was a kid.
We were told about its value rather than its stink and while living up in the far north we used to roam Ninety mile beach for seemingly miles...
Forum: Elder Dempster 13th June 2020, 22:20
Replies: 70
Views: 4,899
Posted By spongebob
Rangitane arrangements were that Captain and all...

Rangitane arrangements were that Captain and all mates and sparkles had tables in the passenger dining room as did the Chief, Second , third and fourth Engineers, Chief Freezer, and Chief Electrician...
Forum: The Engine Room 12th June 2020, 21:32
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
Posted By spongebob
We talk of confined spaces but I imagine that...

We talk of confined spaces but I imagine that nothing could ever compare with the old Scotch boiler task of crawling up the furnace flue to reach the combustion chamber in order to place a sealing...
Forum: The Engine Room 12th June 2020, 21:16
Replies: 80
Views: 6,017
Posted By spongebob
Even the constant smell of a banana cargo can...

Even the constant smell of a banana cargo can become cloyingly overpowering and even objectionable after seven days at sea with forced draught fans constantly purging the cargo to remove the eythlene...
Forum: Royal Navy 12th June 2020, 07:54
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By spongebob
FD 6 engines powered the Whenuapai Bus company's...

FD 6 engines powered the Whenuapai Bus company's new bus fleet during the 60's , when the engines were called 'screaming skulls' . Nice buses though .

Bob
Forum: Royal Navy 12th June 2020, 02:36
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By spongebob
I was doing my six months spell in the Dockyard...

I was doing my six months spell in the Dockyard drawing office during my last year having come from a similar stint in the Internal Combustion Engine shop that serviced the fleet's motor boats where...
Forum: The Engine Room 12th June 2020, 00:02
Replies: 80
Views: 6,017
Posted By spongebob
Talking of Odours I have just read a little...

Talking of Odours

I have just read a little booklet put out by the Bermondsey Borough council in the1960’s and titled “The story of Bermondsey”
The booklet was found among the possessions of a 94...
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