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Search: Posts Made By: Clifford Cocker
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 29th August 2018, 18:09
Replies: 36
Views: 4,264
Posted By Clifford Cocker
My time with Gsnc

My first voyage with GSNC was on the Queen of the Channel September 2nd 1939 with a few other thousand children being evacuated from London to the East Coast, I ended up in Felixstowe!
My next...
Forum: Bank Line 20th August 2018, 11:17
Replies: 1
Views: 882
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Captain Shrubsole (Shrubby)

I notice on Ships Nostalgia I picture of a Swordfish Aircraft, I did have the pleasure of sailing once with captain Shubsole, I did also have the pleasure of knowing 2 of his compatriots, Commanders...
Forum: The Engine Room 20th July 2018, 10:06
Replies: 62
Views: 8,957
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Ships Engines

I may be living in the past but for simplicity of maintenance, and with advent of hydraulic spanners etc. none could beat the Doxford or B&W opposed piston two strokes.
Forum: The Engine Room 20th July 2018, 10:00
Replies: 16
Views: 2,158
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Steam Driven Lifeboats

never heard of them, but as I suppose we had in Victorian days such things as horse drawn steam operated fire appliances it could have been a step forward from hand propelled lifeboats.
I can recall...
Forum: The Engine Room 7th July 2018, 18:04
Replies: 17
Views: 4,012
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Engine Room Explosions

I believe the worst recorded loss of life in an Engine Room explosion (crankcase explosion) was the Reino del Pacifico on trials in the late 40s after a refit from her wartime service. That was...
Forum: The Engine Room 6th July 2018, 13:06
Replies: 82
Views: 21,467
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Doxford Engines

Sailed with LB, J type, and JC type, the J types with Servodyne Governors (once teething troubles were over ) were a nice engine, JC types running on 380 Cst fuel were a bit of a pain on economical...
Forum: The Engine Room 28th May 2018, 13:23
Replies: 95
Views: 14,195
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Boiler Suits

In my apprenticeship days in a repair yard in the 40s and 50s the Foreman might deign to don a khaki warehouse coat if there was any chance of his suit getting dirty, but he would always retain his...
Forum: The Engine Room 18th May 2018, 18:00
Replies: 13
Views: 2,688
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Changing liners

Have been involved in changing Doxford liners, one at anchor in Sunderland Bay in November, ship rolling did't help, and one in Hong Kong at anchor.
From what I can remember both occasions were at...
Forum: The Engine Room 15th May 2018, 13:13
Replies: 95
Views: 14,195
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Boiler suits etc

First trip (and Last) with BTC (better times coming) there was no PPE provided, boiler suits and stokehold shoes purchased from obliging ship chandler, overalls were topped up by made to measure...
Forum: The Engine Room 28th April 2018, 21:57
Replies: 179
Views: 46,680
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Marine Engines

Don't forget the Doxford and the H&W (B&W)
Cliff Cocker
Forum: The Engine Room 28th April 2018, 21:53
Replies: 179
Views: 46,680
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Mirlees Alternators

Peter, hope you are well, the Crestbank had Mirlees Alternator engines but my trip with her had the rubber drive to the lub oil pumps giving up after a certain number of hours, we were at one stage...
Forum: The Engine Room 6th April 2018, 18:44
Replies: 17
Views: 3,546
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Critical Speeds

In the 50s when all the Panama Pilots were American, they would ask for "up 5" or similar, we used to tell them that we couldn't "it was too close to our critical speeds (LB Doxfords) they were not...
Forum: Bank Line 26th March 2018, 17:01
Replies: 29
Views: 6,509
Posted By Clifford Cocker

Look forward to seeing them,before my time with Bank Line, but will be nice to hear what you were up to then. Apart from my hellish voyage with BTC I was swanning my way around the world with Port...
Forum: Bank Line 13th March 2018, 14:08
Replies: 147
Views: 41,853
Posted By Clifford Cocker

Ian,I think I relieved you on the Irisbank in Trinidad 12th June 1975, not a great voyage the Chief was a dried out drinker.
We suffered a lot of the voyage with no sound insulation on the air end...
Forum: Ship Research 13th March 2018, 11:48
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Ship's voltage in the 30s

I should imagine that most vessels were direct current in that era so presumably if one was travelling in the upper classes pampering equipment for the females would have been part of the equipment...
Forum: The Engine Room 10th March 2018, 18:43
Replies: 115
Views: 38,009
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Noise and Doxford Engines

Having sailed on most types of Doxford, including pre. WW2 t
the LB engines were relatively quiet but with the introduction of turbochargers became progressively noisier, the early "J" types became...
Forum: The Engine Room 7th March 2018, 16:32
Replies: 115
Views: 38,009
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Ruston AO engines

The "AO" stood for Admiralty Order and were built with very light scantlings and were never properly tested, British Rail foolishly purchased some for it's Harwich-Hook of Holland Ferries and never...
Forum: Ship Research 22nd February 2018, 18:27
Replies: 3
Views: 966
Posted By Clifford Cocker

Her clapped out Sulzer engines along with her sister were replaced with Doxford Engines some time in the Late 40s
liff Cocker
Forum: Ship Research 22nd February 2018, 18:23
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Posted By Clifford Cocker
ss Pakeha (1910 build)

The "Pakeha" concluded her long history alongside the Banana Berth in the Royal Albert Dock in 1946-47 as a floating refrig. meat storage vessel.
Her Fridge Machinery (J&E Hall) was a joy to behold,...
Forum: Bank Line 30th January 2018, 18:30
Replies: 9
Views: 2,290
Posted By Clifford Cocker
The Dark Side

What is it like Alistair? I think I am closer than you are
Cliff Cocker
Forum: Say Hello 22nd January 2018, 10:29
Replies: 12
Views: 1,939
Posted By Clifford Cocker
ss Umtali

From my days as an apprentice in the Royal Docks in the 40s and early 50s all I can remember about Bullard and Kings ships was that the had huge funnels for their size, I was told the were like that...
Forum: Ship Research 19th January 2018, 11:00
Replies: 14
Views: 2,036
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Degaussing Equipment

The last ship I sailed on with degaussing fitted was the mv Birchbank circa 1974. I joined it on it's second voyage in the SW India Dock, London loading for Persian Gulf. We were leaving London and...
Forum: Bank Line 18th January 2018, 17:47
Replies: 31
Views: 7,013
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Bank Line

ell done Alan for keeping us going for many years, I joined Bank Line when rejoining seagoing after 14 years ashore, after my medical etc. i went to the Federation Office and was offered in...
Forum: Bank Line 3rd December 2017, 15:28
Replies: 63
Views: 25,608
Posted By Clifford Cocker
Fish Class Ships

These ships were engined by Doxford with 76JC4 engines , the "C" designated as Common Charging, nice engines at normal engine speed but rubbish for slow steaming, a lot of the saving on HFO was lost...
Forum: Bank Line 9th November 2017, 14:53
Replies: 9
Views: 2,828
Posted By Clifford Cocker

I did one voyage on the Irisbank from Trinidad 12.6.75 to Colombo 27.10.75, W W Davies was Master, not a great voyage, Chief was a dried out drunk with very strange management ideas and didn't get on...
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