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Forum: The Engine Room Today, 07:58
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
The same dirty old Sir Ron did his damage to to...

The same dirty old Sir Ron did his damage to to many engineer merchants over the years mostly asset stripping to obtain the real estate to build up his treasury .
John Chambers was one of the first...
Forum: The Engine Room Today, 02:05
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
Skilly, William Cable ltd were the NZ...

Skilly, William Cable ltd were the NZ Manufacturing agents for Cochran of Annan packaged fire tube boilers and were a competitor to Babcock and John Thompson in the late fifties to early seventies ....
Forum: The Engine Room Yesterday, 23:50
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
Andy, the new boiler contract at the main...

Andy, the new boiler contract at the main Auckland hospital went to NEI -John Thompson. Babcock did the new ones for Green Lane and Middlemore hospitals then in the early seventies JT did those for...
Forum: The Engine Room Yesterday, 22:07
Replies: 21
Views: 660
Posted By spongebob
This one could beat most stink stories. The...

This one could beat most stink stories.
The Taranaki Bye products works , one that boiled down all manner of deceased animals for fertiliser, called for a new boiler .
I flew down to deliver and...
Forum: The Engine Room Yesterday, 21:46
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
Steve, we installed two of these boilers in the...

Steve, we installed two of these boilers in the then Lever Brithers factory in Wellington. As you say, about three feet of workable water level and perhaps four foot long water gauges . During light...
Forum: The Engine Room Yesterday, 07:34
Replies: 21
Views: 660
Posted By spongebob
Where are the ex whaler factory ship crews with...

Where are the ex whaler factory ship crews with their views of odours

Bob
Forum: The Engine Room 5th June 2020, 21:02
Replies: 21
Views: 660
Posted By spongebob
She couldn't light my candle, I've lost the wick

She couldn't light my candle, I've lost the wick
Forum: The Engine Room 5th June 2020, 04:39
Replies: 21
Views: 660
Posted By spongebob
Odours

ODOURS

A recent comment was that the worst job in the travel industry is being the person on the airport air bridge who opens the door of a Jumbo jet on its arrival after a 26 hour almost nonstop...
Forum: The Engine Room 5th June 2020, 03:40
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By spongebob
Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia ,the fear of enclosed spaces , a scary place on a ship

I had finished my first six months of my apprenticeship in the training workshop , carving perfect one inch cubes out of a...
Forum: The Engine Room 4th June 2020, 06:37
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
it was a relatively embarrassing time for me...

it was a relatively embarrassing time for me Skilly , I did contless trips down to the freezing works to give first hand progress reports and commiserate with the old Chief engineer Ray Dunne . His...
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd June 2020, 20:53
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
Thanks to all for your comments but Stein surely...

Thanks to all for your comments but Stein surely it's more saucer than Chaucer.

Bob
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd June 2020, 05:05
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By spongebob
Things that have tried us

in the early 1970's the Lorneville Freezing Works near Invercargill called tenders for a biggest possible capacity coal fired fire tube boiler capable of producing saturated steam at 160 pounds/sq...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st June 2020, 21:49
Replies: 119
Views: 27,915
Posted By spongebob
Thank goodness those days of bartering with...

Thank goodness those days of bartering with Saddam with Halau killed mutton for high sulphur Iraqi crude are long gone.
Come to think of it our Dairy Board did a sililar deal with Russia with...
Forum: The Engine Room 1st June 2020, 01:51
Replies: 119
Views: 27,915
Posted By spongebob
Yes David , there is always a happy medium but...

Yes David , there is always a happy medium but slack operators / process demand swings / far less sophisticated control instrumentation in those days added to the pile

Bob
Forum: The Engine Room 31st May 2020, 21:39
Replies: 119
Views: 27,915
Posted By spongebob
[QUOTE=Peter Hewson;3055271]Reminds of a Non...

[QUOTE=Peter Hewson;3055271]Reminds of a Non Maritime event. Newly built on a Farm 2 package Steam Boilers designed to run on Sewage Gas. At the First Annual, one was opened up and I found the tubes...
Forum: The Engine Room 31st May 2020, 01:13
Replies: 24
Views: 1,069
Posted By spongebob
Another safety valve drama, We had installed a...

Another safety valve drama,
We had installed a 15,000 lb/hr SBC 'Steambloc' boiler at Auckland Airport to service Air NZ's new main hanger . The new free standing boiler house was alongside the...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th May 2020, 03:28
Replies: 24
Views: 1,069
Posted By spongebob
Boiler surveyors , safety valves , things that...

Boiler surveyors , safety valves , things that bring back memories good and bad.
We had installed a new coal fired fire tube boiler designed to produce 20,000 pounds of steam per hour at 160 psi ...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th May 2020, 22:45
Replies: 24
Views: 1,069
Posted By spongebob
We called them manholes, 15" x 11" and 16"x 12" ,...

We called them manholes, 15" x 11" and 16"x 12" , hand holes, 7" x 5" and mud holes 6" x 4".
Those 15x11 manholes were often the breaking point for many a surveyor that was a bit chubby .
The door...
Forum: BP Shipping 22nd May 2020, 05:19
Replies: 47
Views: 3,969
Posted By spongebob
Thanks Bruce These posts excite the digestive...

Thanks Bruce These posts excite the digestive juices and now, with time galore on my hands I would love to see some recipes that you pundits are still preparing.
I grow most vegetables and...
Forum: BP Shipping 18th May 2020, 06:16
Replies: 47
Views: 3,969
Posted By spongebob
One regret is that I never sailed on a ship that...

One regret is that I never sailed on a ship that featured real curries on the menu. Rangitane was a passenger ship that sported a very English menu and I particularly enjoyed my introduction to...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 16th May 2020, 04:29
Replies: 12
Views: 553
Posted By spongebob
We chew through black ink cartridges at a rate ...

We chew through black ink cartridges at a rate of knots as we copy and enlarge the two morning paper's crosswords to do competitively each day.
Due to our fading eyesight we enlarge the copies to...
Forum: The Engine Room 10th May 2020, 06:40
Replies: 30
Views: 2,476
Posted By spongebob
Thanks for the suggestion Tony , I can do that...

Thanks for the suggestion Tony , I can do that but I posted the above as an extension to the warming though thread's dos and donts .
I talked about it enough long ago as the Second that pulled the...
Forum: The Engine Room 10th May 2020, 02:21
Replies: 30
Views: 2,476
Posted By spongebob
This is one compressed air start that I am glad...

This is one compressed air start that I am glad that I did not make

Navua engine damage

The worst possible outcome from an air start of a marine diesel engine came in the mid fifties when the...
Forum: Model Ships 10th May 2020, 02:11
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By spongebob
In a word, beautiful Bob

In a word, beautiful

Bob
Forum: The Engine Room 8th May 2020, 00:01
Replies: 15
Views: 1,433
Posted By spongebob
No Gordon, not him, this bloke was a young...

No Gordon, not him, this bloke was a young Irishman who couldn't hold his booze and as we did not have a dayworker motorman to take his place and neither of the other two watch keepers were willing...
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