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Search: Posts Made By: JKB
Forum: The Engine Room 27th June 2019, 05:39
Replies: 20
Views: 4,050
Posted By JKB
The same thing happened regularly on the railway....

The same thing happened regularly on the railway. Maintenance staff were used to counting cylinder numbers from the free end of the engine, traditionally "No. 1 end" of a loco is the radiator end....
Forum: The Engine Room 26th June 2019, 18:22
Replies: 20
Views: 4,050
Posted By JKB
I was involved with a similar "counting error"...

I was involved with a similar "counting error" experience on a ferry with Blackstone ESL8 Mk. 1 engines. For reasons I can't recall now, the Super instructed the engineers to pull No. 4 unit...
Forum: The Engine Room 21st June 2019, 07:12
Replies: 82
Views: 27,712
Posted By JKB
Hello Tim, long time no see. I didn't know you...

Hello Tim, long time no see. I didn't know you were involved with the Ellerman's vessels but I only made a flying visit for the sea trials on the "Plymouth". I remember you from the early days of the...
Forum: The Bridge 5th January 2019, 08:20
Replies: 37
Views: 8,464
Posted By JKB
It's been suggested to me that Dyman could be an...

It's been suggested to me that Dyman could be an abbreviation of Donkeyman, which makes sense based on the other ranks listed. I'm disappointed I didn't think of that myself!
Forum: The Bridge 5th January 2019, 07:23
Replies: 37
Views: 8,464
Posted By JKB
Another mystery rank.

Hello all:
A friend was talking to his taxi driver last night and came away with a photo of the driver's great-grandfather's discharge book. With the help of this thread I've been able to explain...
Forum: The Engine Room 20th September 2018, 23:15
Replies: 18
Views: 3,059
Posted By JKB
Not quite closed; the new spares warehouse and...

Not quite closed; the new spares warehouse and the new office block are still there under the MAN Primeserve banner. The whole of the original 1903 factory has been flattened and there are new houses...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th September 2018, 08:41
Replies: 18
Views: 3,059
Posted By JKB
While we're on the subject of the National Gas &...

While we're on the subject of the National Gas & Oil Engine Company, it may be interesting to note that, despite production being transferred to the Mirrlees factory at Stockport in the 1960s, much...
Forum: Ship Research 15th August 2016, 20:09
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By JKB
Thanks very much for the information, Vasco and...

Thanks very much for the information, Vasco and Jon. The snippet about a rudder falling off came from a reliable source, I'm sure we've all met a few of those over the years.....
The last time I saw...
Forum: Ship Research 12th August 2016, 12:27
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By JKB
Thanks Vasco. Do you know if it was the twin...

Thanks Vasco. Do you know if it was the twin rudders with a tendency to fall off, or the singles?
As regards ownership, I'm pretty sure they were ordered by Rowbotham Tankships as I attended a...
Forum: Ship Research 10th August 2016, 20:39
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By JKB
Rowbotham/P&O vessels; Anchorman, Chartsman, Rudderman and Steersman.

I know there's a good number of ex-Rockies men on here, so I'm hoping someone will be able to help me, please.
A discussion elsewhere among old Mirrlees hands has turned to the above vessels, built...
Forum: Ship Research 19th March 2016, 19:56
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By JKB
That sounds about right, the Mk.2s started to...

That sounds about right, the Mk.2s started to appear in the early 1980s I think. The propulsion system as built sounds like it would keep you on your toes! To quote Sherlock Holmes, "It would appear...
Forum: Ship Research 19th March 2016, 17:30
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By JKB
Thanks very much George, that explains why I was...

Thanks very much George, that explains why I was involved, although I can't be sure exactly what was wrong. I'm a big fan of E Mk. 1s, but there's no doubt they had issues with fuel dilution of the...
Forum: Ship Research 19th March 2016, 11:39
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By JKB
Thanks A.D., that would explain me going aboard...

Thanks A.D., that would explain me going aboard at least. Where did you find the info, by the way?

Cheers,
JKB.
Forum: Ship Research 19th March 2016, 10:38
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By JKB
Thanks Dave, that doesn't reveal much either, but...

Thanks Dave, that doesn't reveal much either, but worth a shot.

Cheers, JKB.
Forum: Ship Research 19th March 2016, 09:20
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By JKB
CS "Cable Venture".

I'd be grateful if someone could help me with details of the above vessel. I remember going aboard when I worked for Mirrlees Blackstone and I reckon it must have been after her major refit in 1980....
Forum: Ship Research 10th February 2016, 21:18
Replies: 0
Views: 544
Posted By JKB
RFA LSLs; Galahad, Tristram etc.

I'd be grateful if someone who knew these vessels could help with a bit of info about the propulsion system.
The Mirrlees ALSSDM10 main engines had a Mitchell thrust bearing between the engine and...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th October 2013, 06:57
Replies: 82
Views: 27,712
Posted By JKB
Alfons asked: Who can tell more about his...

Alfons asked:
Who can tell more about his experience with the starting assister?

I was on the builder's sea trials of the "City Of Plymouth" out of Appledore Shipbuilders and I believe the...
Forum: The Engine Room 24th August 2013, 13:44
Replies: 9
Views: 3,486
Posted By JKB
Aha! Turns out my friend's father sailed on the...

Aha! Turns out my friend's father sailed on the "Pacific Stronghold" so that sounds like it may have been the origin of the piston.
Forum: The Engine Room 28th July 2013, 09:31
Replies: 9
Views: 3,486
Posted By JKB
Thanks Macd, I've sent the chap concerned...

Thanks Macd, I've sent the chap concerned pictures of a W H Allen T47 (the museum at Prickwillow have one) and links for the various pictures of Pacific Class vessels from the SN gallery. Hopefully...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th May 2013, 22:16
Replies: 9
Views: 3,486
Posted By JKB
Thanks everyone, I'll pass all this on to the man...

Thanks everyone, I'll pass all this on to the man with the piston.

Cheers,
JKB.
Forum: The Engine Room 8th May 2013, 11:29
Replies: 9
Views: 3,486
Posted By JKB
Can anyone identify this piston?

Hello all:
A friend of mine has a piston that he uses as a waste paper bin in his office. This is the description he gives:
"It's been in the family for about 45 years; it's 10.5" roughly in...
Forum: Ship Research 26th October 2011, 15:00
Replies: 29
Views: 8,600
Posted By JKB
I'm afraid I haven't the foggiest notion, Stevie...

I'm afraid I haven't the foggiest notion, Stevie B or The Sandman (see earlier posts in this thread) might have more idea than I have.

Regards,
JKB.
Forum: Ship Research 26th October 2011, 14:25
Replies: 29
Views: 8,600
Posted By JKB
Excellent, I hope your endeavours are all...

Excellent, I hope your endeavours are all successful.

Regards,
JKB.
Forum: Ship Research 26th October 2011, 14:10
Replies: 29
Views: 8,600
Posted By JKB
I worked at Mirrlees Blackstone Stockport, and I...

I worked at Mirrlees Blackstone Stockport, and I think I know who you are :o

How this all started off, if I remember correctly, was that I was quoted an engine number of EV56A74 and I'm pretty...
Forum: Ship Research 24th June 2011, 22:28
Replies: 29
Views: 8,600
Posted By JKB
This forum really does get to the heart of...

This forum really does get to the heart of things, doesn't it? :-)
I suspect the docking spec. is where all this started, I had a call from my previous employer asking me what an EV56MA was, I...
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