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Search: Posts Made By: Basil
Forum: The Engine Room Yesterday, 11:40
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By Basil
DaveU, Bally heck! So glad I did most of my...

DaveU, Bally heck! So glad I did most of my short three years on steam turbines (Thumb)
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 28th November 2019, 13:52
Replies: 9
Views: 484
Posted By Basil
Margarita Pracatan was hilarious but she was...

Margarita Pracatan was hilarious but she was beaten to it about a hundred years ago by Florence Foster Jenkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzR9FBeBZN8

I'm sure that Margarita knew what was...
Forum: The Engine Room 27th November 2019, 23:29
Replies: 35
Views: 1,431
Posted By Basil
According to Tod & McGibbon's Q&A of just over...

According to Tod & McGibbon's Q&A of just over 100 years ago, there would be one stay tube to every six or eight ordinary tubes.
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 27th November 2019, 18:01
Replies: 9
Views: 484
Posted By Basil
Oh, dear! Missed that. My wife has just...

Oh, dear! Missed that.
My wife has just mentioned that he had been ill for some time.
Forum: Say Hello 13th November 2019, 05:29
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Posted By Basil
Recollect, on The Clyde, chipping ice off a piece...

Recollect, on The Clyde, chipping ice off a piece of deck machinery to get at it and thinking: "I'm not doing this for the rest of my life!"

A few years later, I was happily sailing around there...
Forum: Say Hello 3rd November 2019, 04:19
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By Basil
Useless Seconds - Had one on my first trip to...

Useless Seconds - Had one on my first trip to sea. I was a bit shocked when the Chief referred to him when speaking to me, a little junior, as 'A big cnut!'

Drunken Leckys - Had one of those.
...
Forum: BP Shipping 30th October 2019, 22:47
Replies: 25
Views: 3,739
Posted By Basil
Was that at Brough on the Buccs?

Was that at Brough on the Buccs?
Forum: Say Hello 30th October 2019, 09:54
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By Basil
On my first ship we were on 'B' articles which...

On my first ship we were on 'B' articles which paid overtime (cf 'A' articles which didn't but had a higher basic - allegedly)
B&W 4-stroke with large pitted exhaust valves which really needed to go...
Forum: Say Hello 30th October 2019, 01:01
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By Basil
Sorry if I've misunderstood but I meant that you...

Sorry if I've misunderstood but I meant that you could pass the exams but the certificate would not be issued until you had the BoT required sea time.
Forum: Say Hello 29th October 2019, 23:42
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By Basil
As, indeed, it should, then and today! Bas -...

As, indeed, it should, then and today!

Bas - Part A Second class :sweat:
It was a bit annoying that we weren't permitted to even take the exams until we had the sea time. (My apprenticeship was...
Forum: Say Hello 29th October 2019, 23:33
Replies: 20
Views: 1,236
Posted By Basil
As a collegue said: "I never did a day's work in...

As a collegue said: "I never did a day's work in my life." Meaning he liked his job.

In my second profession, I took my BiL for a ride in a TriStar simulator. His verdict: "The best Atari game...
Forum: Fishing Vessels 20th October 2019, 21:47
Replies: 8
Views: 2,878
Posted By Basil
I can vouch for that. Helming a 70ft steel ketch...

I can vouch for that. Helming a 70ft steel ketch up there one day, I was briefly unsure of the direction in which we were being set.
Forum: Computers and The Internet 18th October 2019, 20:36
Replies: 26
Views: 2,807
Posted By Basil
This was a convincing scam: ...

This was a convincing scam:
https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/17978573.fraudster-cons-man-500-elaborate-high-wycombe-town-centre-scam/

“Pas de carte, pas d'argent, monsieur.” 😊
Forum: Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 15th October 2019, 18:06
Replies: 16
Views: 1,720
Posted By Basil
Just looked, and my oldest is Reeds Hints to...

Just looked, and my oldest is Reeds Hints to Sea-going Engineers, dated August 1917 (No, I didn't buy it new!).
Some of the breakdowns are eye-watering. So glad I spent most of my time on steam...
Forum: The Radio Room 7th October 2019, 20:12
Replies: 349
Views: 96,058
Posted By Basil
How romantic! Actually, just writing that...

How romantic!

Actually, just writing that reminds me of passengering Peking > HK one day.
I was seated next to a Chinese businessman and we started chatting. He was going to Tokyo and I asked if...
Forum: The Radio Room 7th October 2019, 19:52
Replies: 349
Views: 96,058
Posted By Basil
Scruffy little place near the docks in Kingston...

Scruffy little place near the docks in Kingston with empty shelves at the back of the bar. There were two rat holes and there must have been a barrier behind because, after checking for the barmaid,...
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 6th October 2019, 18:13
Replies: 14
Views: 1,581
Posted By Basil
Interesting life. You don't get many...

Interesting life. You don't get many polo-playing rock drummers.
Forum: Computers and The Internet 4th October 2019, 22:14
Replies: 26
Views: 2,807
Posted By Basil
Scammers getting better

I have an internet domain which I only use for a few email addresses such as family, informal, formal, business.
I recently received a very convincing email purporting to be from my domain provider....
Forum: BP Shipping 2nd October 2019, 12:35
Replies: 32
Views: 6,257
Posted By Basil
Not a souvenir for the Doc one hopes? :sweat:

Not a souvenir for the Doc one hopes? :sweat:
Forum: The Engine Room 1st October 2019, 18:49
Replies: 71
Views: 8,777
Posted By Basil
A friend damaged the skin on his hand because,...

A friend damaged the skin on his hand because, when he picked up a gas cylinder by the valve, he didn't notice that it wasn't fully closed and the expanding gas had lowered the v/v temp to...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th September 2019, 22:04
Replies: 71
Views: 8,777
Posted By Basil
OK, only if that's what you were presented with...

OK, only if that's what you were presented with because of the manufacturing constraints which I mentioned. e.g. a gate v/v with the thread going into the gate.
VERY counter-intuitive and...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th September 2019, 20:25
Replies: 71
Views: 8,777
Posted By Basil
Just noticed your posting and don't know if...

Just noticed your posting and don't know if anyone has answered.
The left handed stop valve - 'a very unusual thing' of much mirth in the famous rude song - was, in fact a reality.
Some valve...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th September 2019, 20:11
Replies: 71
Views: 8,777
Posted By Basil
That's been my feeling since I first heard of...

That's been my feeling since I first heard of them.
Forum: Computers and The Internet 27th September 2019, 22:21
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By Basil
Could be something to do with the cookie settings...

Could be something to do with the cookie settings on your PC.
Although you ticked 'Remember', if there's a setting that discards cookies on browser or PC shutdown then that would explain the...
Forum: The Engine Room 20th September 2019, 22:37
Replies: 16
Views: 2,090
Posted By Basil
Yes, interfering seniors can be VERY annoying. ...

Yes, interfering seniors can be VERY annoying.
I can assure you this doesn't just happen in engineering, marine or otherwise. (MAD)
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