Originally Posted by ninabaker
I have fond memories of seeing these go by my bedroom window. I was brought up in a house that was just across the river from Battersea Power Station in central London from 1963-73. The colliers were of course up and down the river supplying Battersea and other power stations. Not the most romantic of ships but I was always mad about any kind of ship and watched them come and go daily.
I was 2/m on the flattie 'Hackney' going up to Battersea, she was steam driven and lowering the funnel for going under the bridges ensued getting covered in soot. At sea loaded they were like submarines, in ballast you couldn't see the horizon from the wheelhouse so it was a bridge wing job, winter and summer. Good accommodation, as were all CEGB and Stevie Clarkes, well the one's I sailed on were