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Old 18th January 2016, 11:49
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Got this link off a facebook group that I'm a member of.

I had a lot of affection for "Flinders Bay" doing my steam time on her - sad to see her go but remember she had a long and useful life - all with London on her stern and basically under one owner - not a lot of ships can say that!!

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Old 18th January 2016, 12:36
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Started Nov.1968 Retire (early)5years ago all under the "RED ENSIGN"London,Glasgow,Southampton,and Cardiff. Redundant 3 times(incl.Apprenticeship)

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Sad to see any ship going to the breakers (well, maybe some exceptions to that rule!), but especially one having served with P&O/OCL all that time.

I nearly sailed on the Flinders Bay. I had my joining instructions from P&O to go to Tilbury in April or May 1981, but that was when I made the decision to seek employment elsewhere. I should have gone along for the jolly since I was only a cadet; but then again I had done that on my previous trip!
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Old 19th January 2016, 08:27
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I stood by Flinders Bay while she was building in Hamburg. A lovely ship which seemed luxurious in the accommodation and engine room, especially after my last ship, the knackered Texaco Glasgow which was in worse condition than my previous ship Texaco Saigon which was a T2 built in 1944!
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I am sure the Flinders Bay had her steam engines replaced by motor whilst it was still OCL
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I am sure the Flinders Bay had her steam engines replaced by motor whilst it was still OCL
No, she was the only one that retained the steam plant - Jervis Bay was scrapped as a steamer, the others reengined
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Got this link off a facebook group that I'm a member of.

I had a lot of affection for "Flinders Bay" doing my steam time on her - sad to see her go but remember she had a long and useful life - all with London on her stern and basically under one owner - not a lot of ships can say that!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ddjEr4ihMKM
I can see why you have a lot of affection for her. The accommodation looks palatial (just look at those floor to ceiling windows overlooking the blunt end .. ouch!)... did she carry passengers?
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No passengers, the big windows were the Officer's Smokeroom, all wood paneling in the cabins and every Officer's cabin had a full size bath (fresh water) unheard of on a steamship. The Dining Saloon had a mural of the bay the vessel was named for.

One other oddball requirement of the design was the Engine Room lift stopped on the steam drum level rather than going down to the Control Room level - the reason - to ensure that at least once per watch the watchkeeper had to walk past the gauge glasses.
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No passengers, the big windows were the Officer's Smokeroom, all wood paneling in the cabins and every Officer's cabin had a full size bath (fresh water) unheard of on a steamship. The Dining Saloon had a mural of the bay the vessel was named for.

One other oddball requirement of the design was the Engine Room lift stopped on the steam drum level rather than going down to the Control Room level - the reason - to ensure that at least once per watch the watchkeeper had to walk past the gauge glasses.
Those baths could be interesting in heavy weather. The class had very flared bows and when they dug the bow into a big wave they seemed to almost stop. That was the point at which you could be washed out of your fore and aft pointing bath! I discovered very early on that if you put a rope on the trolley on the overhead runner that ran from the diesel generator room door, between the boilers, across the top of the turbines and into the spare gear store and then launched yourself when the bows dug in you could reach the store with no problem. I had to limit my activities to the 24.00 - 04.00 watch, having nearly removed the Chief's head one afternoon when he came for a wander round.
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