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Search: Posts Made By: Tim Gibbs
Forum: The Engine Room 5th September 2019, 16:45
Replies: 88
Views: 12,849
Posted By Tim Gibbs
We actually had the capsizing gear to do that but...

We actually had the capsizing gear to do that but don't recall using it. I do remember the cylinder liners were eaten by erosion on the water side on the 1200 rpm machines. This was eventually sort...
Forum: The Engine Room 19th June 2019, 14:38
Replies: 82
Views: 27,734
Posted By Tim Gibbs
I was Ellerman's Project Engineer for that class...

I was Ellerman's Project Engineer for that class of ship built at Appledore. Great ships - shame about the 58JS3s! I had wanted the engine to drive a CP propeller at constant speed but the boss...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 25th March 2019, 22:27
Replies: 99
Views: 12,183
Posted By Tim Gibbs
This class of sister ships, > 3 years old, ...

This class of sister ships, > 3 years old, have suffered a number of serious engine problems. As far as I'm aware weather has not been an issue before. So what's issue - design, management, bad...
Forum: Ellerman 11th March 2019, 19:39
Replies: 12
Views: 1,864
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Strangely I had worried about the Svitzer as I...

Strangely I had worried about the Svitzer as I thought I had that right but it was >40 years ago and assumed I was wrong after all. But maybe not? The salvage tug Svitzer towed the Cornish City...
Forum: The Engine Room 6th March 2019, 11:17
Replies: 28
Views: 3,671
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Interestingly, we also found that the TSP...

Interestingly, we also found that the TSP injection considerably increase the amount of crap removed by the centrifuges
Forum: The Bridge 2nd March 2019, 16:55
Replies: 7
Views: 1,946
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Thanks for that. Great story and pics! Not...

Thanks for that. Great story and pics!
Not directly related but it brought back a memory to me;
I was Technical Manager at a shipyard and we got a contract to lengthen a ship. Quite simple really-...
Forum: The Radio Room 2nd March 2019, 15:50
Replies: 345
Views: 90,801
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Well, if you are referring to what I knew as the...

Well, if you are referring to what I knew as the Gallions the answer's yes but it was later for me, about 1965 to 1971, and, sorry, I have absolutely no memory of any names. My memories are of...
Forum: Ellerman 5th February 2019, 19:45
Replies: 12
Views: 1,864
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Thanks for that . Amazing how slective memory can...

Thanks for that . Amazing how slective memory can become with time. There are bits of that saga that i remember as if yesterday & others are a complete blank. I clearly remember waving you off early...
Forum: Ellerman 3rd February 2019, 10:39
Replies: 12
Views: 1,864
Posted By Tim Gibbs
My memory has it that the 'Singapore was not...

My memory has it that the 'Singapore was not scheduled to call into Lobito and that she had some sort of problem that caused her to divert Was it boilers?
Forum: Esso Tankers 31st January 2019, 10:28
Replies: 5
Views: 6,352
Posted By Tim Gibbs
In late 1970,on her maiden voyage, she suffered a...

In late 1970,on her maiden voyage, she suffered a boiler explosion off West Africa resulting in a couple of serious injuries. We were passing on the City of Oxford with the owner, Sir John Ellerman,...
Forum: Ellerman 22nd January 2019, 12:01
Replies: 5
Views: 1,590
Posted By Tim Gibbs
She was not dissimilar to the "S" class but with...

She was not dissimilar to the "S" class but with a non-reversing version of their engines and slower turning generator engines. The CP propeller wasn't entirely successful in stopping a repeat of the...
Forum: Ellerman 22nd January 2019, 11:15
Replies: 1
Views: 653
Posted By Tim Gibbs
I remember that incident well. There were a...

I remember that incident well. There were a couple of miracles associated with it; 1) No one was killed. There had been a load of guys working the dock bottom not long before it happened. 2) The...
Forum: The Engine Room 21st January 2019, 16:07
Replies: 28
Views: 3,671
Posted By Tim Gibbs
I'm may be wrong about there being only 12 built...

I'm may be wrong about there being only 12 built as, in addition to the ones I knew about, a friend of my mine told me the other day that he was almost certain NZS had some. Can anyone confirm that ?
Forum: The Engine Room 21st January 2019, 16:01
Replies: 28
Views: 3,671
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Yes Alan, it was that class and she was my first...

Yes Alan, it was that class and she was my first 75LB6 Doxford. I sailed as Engineer Cadet on her in 1962 (my God , that's over half a century ago!). Apart from a 24 hours stoppage in the Red Sea I...
Forum: The Engine Room 19th January 2019, 16:55
Replies: 20
Views: 4,061
Posted By Tim Gibbs
That's the one! Or was it the C/o Cape Town?!

That's the one! Or was it the C/o Cape Town?!
Forum: The Engine Room 16th January 2019, 14:54
Replies: 20
Views: 4,061
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Didn't see that that way 40/50 years but looking...

Didn't see that that way 40/50 years but looking back we used to get a huge amount of "experience" but not a lot of it directly applicable in later years. Guys who came along 20/30 years after didn't...
Forum: Ellerman 15th January 2019, 22:33
Replies: 12
Views: 1,864
Posted By Tim Gibbs
I recall we took the boiler feed water pump off...

I recall we took the boiler feed water pump off the tug and used it to pump fuel oil from the DBs by welding a gate valve to the tank top, drilling through the valve and through fhe tank top. I...
Forum: The Engine Room 15th January 2019, 22:15
Replies: 62
Views: 8,310
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Early ACT container ships didn't have an...

Early ACT container ships didn't have an electo-feed pump so only way with low steam to get water into the boiler was to de- pressure and pump up with the drains tank pumps. This also could prove...
Forum: Ellerman 15th January 2019, 17:11
Replies: 12
Views: 1,864
Posted By Tim Gibbs
I was the Superintendent who went to the casualty...

I was the Superintendent who went to the casualty so I should be able to tell more detail than I can actually remember - but it was >40 years and lots of "stuff" has happened in my life since then!...
Forum: The Engine Room 15th January 2019, 15:35
Replies: 20
Views: 4,061
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Actually Dave,it was neither German or quite...

Actually Dave,it was neither German or quite Swiss - it was a built by Alex Stephens, I believe as an experimental 12 cylinder project on behalf of Sulzer. It was a horror to get spares for it; we...
Forum: The Engine Room 14th January 2019, 16:56
Replies: 20
Views: 4,061
Posted By Tim Gibbs
The 3/E's counter argument

I was 2/E on a 12 cylinder Sulzer RSAD 76 and we were pulling No.5 unit. I had the head off and the lifting spider on the piston and the 3/E called from the crankcase that the piston nut was off....
Forum: The Engine Room 14th January 2019, 15:03
Replies: 50
Views: 11,866
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Quite so but with the compressors we had it was a...

Quite so but with the compressors we had it was a chance worth taking. Running out of air......... 5 cases of beer plus bollocking and field days!
Forum: The Engine Room 14th January 2019, 11:59
Replies: 28
Views: 3,671
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Doxford Reflections

I had thought that the majority of my sea time was spent with LB Doxfords but looking back into my discharge book I realise that was not the case – it just seemed that way ‘cos lots of “stuff” happen...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th December 2018, 10:45
Replies: 50
Views: 11,866
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Lifting a Doxford relief valve.... one case of...

Lifting a Doxford relief valve.... one case of beer.
3 cylinder LB Doxford starting the wrong way ..... one case of beer.
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 29th December 2018, 10:26
Replies: 35
Views: 5,228
Posted By Tim Gibbs
Tropical hours

4am till noon tropical hours seemed a great idea in the likes of Calcutta at the height of summer. Pity it was only an idea as it usually turned out to be 4am till 4pm for days on end changing...
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