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Old 19th June 2006, 00:08
Les Gibson Les Gibson is offline  
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Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Electrician
Active: 1962 - 1978
Join Date: Apr 2004
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Sailed with Bank Line 1963-1964. In 14 months on DARTBANK, (B&W oil engine) we only stopped once at sea. That was because of a failure of the motor on the fuel valve cooling pump. Unfortunately at the time I had the other motor in the lathe skimming the commutator or we would just have changed over. On the other hand on the AFRIC (Shaw Savill) in 1965 with a 10 cykinder MAN oil engine we stopped every couple of days on the run back to the UK from Oz! Spent almost all trip going 99 clump.
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