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Forum: The Engine Room 2nd July 2020, 22:07
Replies: 12
Views: 1,913
Posted By sternchallis
You mean you only had one boilersuit, not three....

You mean you only had one boilersuit, not three. One on, 1 spare and one drying.
Forum: Blue Star Line 24th June 2020, 00:30
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By sternchallis
David Fraser Darrah

I am sorry to report the sad news that Fraser Darrah Chief Engineer crossed the bar on 22nd June , following a fall and a short time in hospital during which pneumonia set in. He died peacefully with...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 11th June 2020, 10:47
Replies: 220
Views: 60,170
Posted By sternchallis
Most interesting Foca. You certainly went through...

Most interesting Foca. You certainly went through the mill on that voyage.
The Lagos cement anchorage must have been one of the worst compared to the other ports that had long anchorages around the...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 4th June 2020, 11:20
Replies: 220
Views: 60,170
Posted By sternchallis
http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/siddons3.html...

http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/siddons3.html

Excellent account there FOCA, see email I sent you.
The link just shows how convoluted the shipping industry was as the ship changes hands then...
Forum: The Engine Room 31st May 2020, 11:40
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Was called to a boiler, one of my better client a...

Was called to a boiler, one of my better client a pharmceutical in Swindon, they reported it leaking, so I said on the phone to do a hydro test to locate the leaks I was on my way. I was home as it...
Forum: The Engine Room 31st May 2020, 09:12
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
No problem Dave, still on the same theme, as the...

No problem Dave, still on the same theme, as the newspapers motto, why keep to the truth if it spoils a good story.
As the posts start to come in it just shows where Marine Engineers ended up and...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th May 2020, 19:29
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
It was surprising how many 'boiler attendants' ...

It was surprising how many 'boiler attendants' didn't know how to run their boilers. I asked one chap to blow his gauge glasses, his hands moved that fast I thought he was juggling.

Some very...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th May 2020, 19:11
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Henry1, Yes, heard " Thats how the other...

Henry1,

Yes, heard " Thats how the other surveyor did it " a few times, which I don't believe, but they were trying it on. Told them, " I'm not the other surveyor, we do it this way, read the...
Forum: The Engine Room 30th May 2020, 10:18
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Good one Bob, you must have dined out on that one...

Good one Bob, you must have dined out on that one for many a year.
It must have been snowing black snow from the heavens. Just goes to show being a Marine Engineer has its amusing incidents...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th May 2020, 22:03
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Never heard the term 'Cheese Weights' but would...

Never heard the term 'Cheese Weights' but would assume it was the weights on a dead weight safety valve, as they have a slot in.

I trained with an older surveyor who they say never went in...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th May 2020, 21:46
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Those are interesting Bill. I only inspected one...

Those are interesting Bill. I only inspected one rivetted boiler and that was made in 1800's with a deadwieght safety valve. It was a forrunner of the Lancashire boiler but quite small, you could...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th May 2020, 09:37
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Yes I think I can still slip into the water space...

Yes I think I can still slip into the water space on a firetube boiler, one of my white boilersuits given to me by Ajax I still wear for gardening and car maintenance.
We used to inspect "Stills" ...
Forum: The Engine Room 28th May 2020, 16:00
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Not challenging any one. Just wondered how many...

Not challenging any one.
Just wondered how many Engineers on this forum when they left the sea went into this type of employment as I did. They would be reading this section of the forum.
If a...
Forum: The Engine Room 28th May 2020, 11:21
Replies: 24
Views: 1,558
Posted By sternchallis
Boiler Surveyors

May not be the right section but Boiler Surveyors would be reading this section.

After leaving the MN did you become a Boiler ( Pressure) Surveyor, for an insurance company carrying out Statutory...
Forum: The Engine Room 24th May 2020, 12:08
Replies: 45
Views: 2,905
Posted By sternchallis
Stephen, That's one type of ship ( if you can...

Stephen,
That's one type of ship ( if you can call them that) I won't be going on.

So what is a cruise director? Is he in charge of all the dancers, hairstylists and anybody that doesn't run the...
Forum: The Engine Room 24th May 2020, 10:59
Replies: 45
Views: 2,905
Posted By sternchallis
Yes, that's the one I know. It was explained...

Yes, that's the one I know.
It was explained to me once that until you achieve a Certificate you can only wear the half diamond, so J/e, 5/e & 4/e had the same stripe of half a diamond.
This was...
Forum: The Engine Room 24th May 2020, 00:30
Replies: 45
Views: 2,905
Posted By sternchallis
Never heard it called Greek braid, but was...

Never heard it called Greek braid, but was Standard MN that you described Stephen, in BSL it was optional to go for RN pattern.

I believe in the RN now they have dropped the Department colours of...
Forum: The Engine Room 23rd May 2020, 23:07
Replies: 45
Views: 2,905
Posted By sternchallis
Looks like his stripes are wrong, surely the...

Looks like his stripes are wrong, surely the flats would be either side of the diamond so its symetrical, unless you have the curl instead of the diamond.
Though I suppose some companies do not...
Forum: The Engine Room 13th May 2020, 21:47
Replies: 153
Views: 60,778
Posted By sternchallis
Yes remember Alan Johnson at SS, used to take us...

Yes remember Alan Johnson at SS, used to take us for Stress and Ttrains and Materials, Martensite and all that stuff. He was still there in 1992. There was only Jeff who was the young one of all the...
Forum: The Engine Room 13th May 2020, 20:00
Replies: 153
Views: 60,778
Posted By sternchallis
I don't see any problems with a clean white...

I don't see any problems with a clean white boilersuit each day or even each watch going through the Red Sea and other hot and humid parts of the world.
It was in your own interest as you could...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th May 2020, 21:45
Replies: 36
Views: 4,000
Posted By sternchallis
Sulzer 1915 horizontal steam engine driving a...

Sulzer 1915 horizontal steam engine driving a paddle wheeler.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/626143870734279/permalink/3567318379950132/

Works if you are not on facebook as well.

Poetry in...
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd May 2020, 23:54
Replies: 26
Views: 3,195
Posted By sternchallis
Yes it does in a way but has a flexible shaft of...

Yes it does in a way but has a flexible shaft of coiled spring wire with a T handle like a gimlets. If you could imagine corkscrews of various diameters with this flexible 'shafts' about 9" to 18"...
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd May 2020, 21:35
Replies: 26
Views: 3,195
Posted By sternchallis
Do they only work on blonde hairs? What...

Do they only work on blonde hairs?

What about 'hair of the dog'?
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd May 2020, 20:47
Replies: 78
Views: 20,703
Posted By sternchallis
Those side doors on the later Reefer ships were...

Those side doors on the later Reefer ships were Banana Doors for loading by hand at places like Guyaquilla, were labour was cheap. They used to put wooden planks up to the doors with slats on and the...
Forum: Blue Star Line 24th April 2020, 12:15
Replies: 0
Views: 466
Posted By sternchallis
Looking for shipmates

Barry Mcardle CEE,
Peter Mcardle (for his fellow cadet Jim Blake), Engineer
Dave Geekie 3/E Dundee area I believe
Trevor Horne CEE Scarborough area originally
Dennis Smith Engineer - York -...
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