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Old 11th June 2019, 21:41
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Andes remembered

Long time since I was on this site and active, perhaps you will pick this up even so. Here goes.
I was inter 4th Eng at the the same time having rejoined after a brief break.
Remember all the problems we had with salt in the boilers, serious explosive steam leak and the FD and ID fans on one of the main boilers packing up? I have quite a few mementos and loads of memories of Andes, especially of those last trips.

Yes, I remember from my J/E days the morgue being a really creepy place, especially at night with nobody about, and only cockroaches for company - and perhaps a body or two.
Brilliant time though, I was sorry she went.
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Old 12th June 2019, 08:23
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People (passengers) dying onboard the Andes was a regular occurrence, I was Junior Eng from Sept 1970 till the ship was scrapped April 71.
As a watchkeeper it was a creepy job going up the Burma road to the focsle baggage store where they had installed a portable morgue which could hold (if I remember correctly) 6 bodies. I was on the 12/4 and had to log the temperatures, this was on the South Africa cruise when the morgue was full.
It was usual for the burial at sea to be carried out on the 4/8 am.

Dr Tom was a busy man on that ship.
I remember the lead lined coffins being stored in the Baggage Room.
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