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Forum: The Engine Room 14th June 2018, 19:57
Replies: 54
Views: 11,292
Posted By howardws
Another Caltex problem, this time Caltex...

Another Caltex problem, this time Caltex Calcutta, 5 legged LB Doxford. About 1965. I was Apprentice on watch with the J/2 who never seemed in evidence on the 04.00 to 08.00 watch. The generator...
Forum: The Engine Room 12th June 2018, 19:09
Replies: 54
Views: 11,292
Posted By howardws
Not actually blacking out but stopping the job....

Not actually blacking out but stopping the job. As a first trip apprentice I was tasked with removing a boiler fuel pump from it’s bedplate to take to the workshop for overhaul. This involved...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th June 2018, 18:36
Replies: 54
Views: 11,292
Posted By howardws
Also on a cross channel ferry, 4th Engineer put...

Also on a cross channel ferry, 4th Engineer put some air into the fuel system buffer tank. When back in the control room he was asked to assure the questioner that he hadnít put too much air in. ďOf...
Forum: The Engine Room 28th May 2018, 17:33
Replies: 35
Views: 6,249
Posted By howardws
The first time I saw a sewage plant on a cargo...

The first time I saw a sewage plant on a cargo ship was in 1969 - SS Flinders Bay. I was on Caltex tankers before that and it all went straight overboard, whether in port or at sea. Canít comment on...
Forum: Ferries 17th May 2018, 08:12
Replies: 11
Views: 3,939
Posted By howardws
The person involved was also involved with the...

The person involved was also involved with the debacle of TSS Dover that sank at itís moorings on the Tees. The article appears to suggest that the project failed due to a recent fire on board. The...
Forum: The Engine Room 12th May 2018, 21:33
Replies: 95
Views: 16,542
Posted By howardws
Slop chest? My first employer was Overseas...

Slop chest? My first employer was Overseas Tankship UK (Caltex) There wasnít a slop chest. Run out of anything? Tough. Beer and fizzy drinks but nothing else. You had to get what you wanted from...
Forum: The Engine Room 7th May 2018, 16:29
Replies: 8
Views: 2,108
Posted By howardws
On the Caltex Calcutta in Hong Kong on New Yearís...

On the Caltex Calcutta in Hong Kong on New Yearís Eve (probably 1966) the idiot Third Mate (and he was an idiot) rang the telegraph so violently that he broke the chain. As the ship was a tanker with...
Forum: Ship Research 2nd April 2018, 18:46
Replies: 5
Views: 1,022
Posted By howardws
Think how threadbare Texaco Saigon (Ex Caltex...

Think how threadbare Texaco Saigon (Ex Caltex Saigon) was getting when I sailed as 5/E in her in 1968! She did have a new hull but the engine room was well past itís sell by date. Mind you, she was...
Forum: The Engine Room 7th February 2018, 09:31
Replies: 75
Views: 30,622
Posted By howardws
He had a degree in marine engineering but it...

He had a degree in marine engineering but it didnít stop him taking a plug out of the pressurised main lube oil pipe on a running diesel genny when told to get an oil sample for analysis. He was...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 3rd February 2018, 21:28
Replies: 7
Views: 890
Posted By howardws
Iíve been told that the P&O ships are now using...

Iíve been told that the P&O ships are now using fuel that needs to be heated. Quite what it is I donít know.
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 3rd February 2018, 20:05
Replies: 7
Views: 890
Posted By howardws
Was it actually ‘the other day’ or late December?...

Was it actually ‘the other day’ or late December? If December she had an unspecified ‘boiler problem’. Thus no accomodation heating for the passengers and more importantly, none for the fuel.
Forum: Ship Research 23rd January 2018, 18:55
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By howardws
Itís a dog clutch I believe.

Itís a dog clutch I believe.
Forum: Houlder Brothers 16th December 2017, 19:26
Replies: 125
Views: 15,921
Posted By howardws
My divinity master wrote “A benevolent fellow...

My divinity master wrote “A benevolent fellow traveller”.
Forum: Royal Navy 8th December 2017, 21:14
Replies: 101
Views: 9,511
Posted By howardws
Good point! I was thinking from an Engineer's...

Good point! I was thinking from an Engineer's point of view rather than that of a Warfare Chappie.
Forum: Royal Navy 8th December 2017, 18:38
Replies: 101
Views: 9,511
Posted By howardws
In 1945 my Father moved from combined Ops, where...

In 1945 my Father moved from combined Ops, where he had charge of the maintenance of 11 Landing Craft (Gun) with their 2 x 600 odd horse power main engines, to HMS Indefatigable, where as Senior CERA...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th November 2017, 20:26
Replies: 7
Views: 1,545
Posted By howardws
The Townsend Thoresen triple screw ships had the...

The Townsend Thoresen triple screw ships had the two wing props turning in opposite directions and a single centre rudder. I suppose there might have been some bias to the steering but only the same...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 10th October 2017, 16:59
Replies: 83
Views: 6,475
Posted By howardws
He was. She was going into Falmouth having had...

He was. She was going into Falmouth having had her bridge windows smashed and her steering controls put out of action. She was being steered from the steering flat by an engineer responding to...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 10th October 2017, 08:23
Replies: 83
Views: 6,475
Posted By howardws
After passing through the Bay in a force 12 on...

After passing through the Bay in a force 12 on P&O Ferries 'Eagle' we took four days to discharge the vehicle deck in Lisbon - mainly using fork lift trucks! That would have been about 1974 or 5.
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 18th September 2017, 08:58
Replies: 38
Views: 5,307
Posted By howardws
I sailed with John Pover, ex GSN man, in the 70s...

I sailed with John Pover, ex GSN man, in the 70s and 80s on P&O Ferries Eagle, Dragon and Lion, he was Chief Engineer. I believe that he served his apprenticeship in the GSN yard at Deptford (?)....
Forum: Histories 25th March 2017, 20:29
Replies: 114
Views: 18,501
Posted By howardws
Agreed, total bollox. I don't suppose either of...

Agreed, total bollox. I don't suppose either of then was aware that they were on the world stage at the time.
Forum: Tankers 13th March 2017, 22:20
Replies: 9
Views: 1,599
Posted By howardws
Mobil Pedant, sister to the Mobil Petrel.

Mobil Pedant, sister to the Mobil Petrel.
Forum: Ferries 13th March 2017, 22:17
Replies: 20
Views: 4,996
Posted By howardws
It wasn't uncommon to crack the stern door open...

It wasn't uncommon to crack the stern door open to chuck engine room rubbish over the stern in the bad old days. Until I joined Pride of Burgundy new in the shipyard in 1993 I'd not sailed on a ship...
Forum: Ferries 13th March 2017, 19:47
Replies: 20
Views: 4,996
Posted By howardws
I'll have to concede that point Barrie! However,...

I'll have to concede that point Barrie! However, I still think the stories are apocryphal, not least because the ships arrivals and departures could (and still can) be seen by anyone who cared to...
Forum: Ferries 12th March 2017, 19:47
Replies: 20
Views: 4,996
Posted By howardws
I think you will find that such stories are...

I think you will find that such stories are apocryphal. Google 'Pride of Free Enterprise' and you will see that at full speed, due to the bow configuration, water comes over the bow spade and would...
Forum: Ferries 12th March 2017, 09:42
Replies: 20
Views: 4,996
Posted By howardws
Are we not muddling 'sailing with the bow doors...

Are we not muddling 'sailing with the bow doors open' with 'sailing while the bow doors are being closed'? I worked for the offending company at the time and am not aware of any vessel deliberately...
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