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Old 14th September 2005, 06:38
Doug Rogers Doug Rogers is offline  
 
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That was certainly a good read, cant help but wonder what did happen to the crew when they got back though, certainly nothing very nice I would guess. Perhaps a lot more jumped ship en route.
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Old 14th September 2005, 12:08
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I think most of them would be OK because they were sent out by the new regime. The ones that were worrying the most I think were the Engineers that had stood by for a long while, but I know the Chief jumped ship along with a few others, I guess it was the ones that felt at most risk. The Chief had a daughter born I think in Marsden Hospital in North Shields, maybe that fact got him citizenship.
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Old 14th September 2005, 12:42
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I/m sure I/ve got others possibly a lot better than that one.Will have a look.
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Old 14th September 2005, 19:29
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If you have any I would love to see them.
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Old 29th May 2008, 20:13
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My name is Ian Sandeman. I've only just heard of this series of posts on the topic of the Iranian Naval Auxiliary KHARG, and I'd like to contribute to the story recounted by Jeff Eagan during 2005.
I am a retired Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy and my last job before I retired was RN Liaison Officer to the KHARG. I arrived in Newcastle in February 1979 (in a howling easterly gale!) and made my acquaintance with the Iranian Captain and other officers of the ship. I shared an office in the Walker yard with a Captain of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and between us we were expected to 'guide' the Iranians during KHARG's sea trials before she became fully operational and sailed off to Iran.
I recall that the ship's Captain was not a great personality, and that the person who seemed to wield a disproportionate influence in the ship was an engineer officer, who I believe might well have been the one that Jeff Eagan referred to.
By the time I took up my post the ship had already been to sea once or twice for preliminary sea trials, but then the political situation in Iran deteriorated to such an extent that any planning for further trials became impossible due to a lack of coherent communication between our Ministry of Defence and the Iranian authorities.
By about April 1979, I believe, Ayatollah Khomeni and his revolutionaries had ousted the Shah, and KHARG's Captain and ship's company had no idea of what was going to happen to them. My appointment, and that of the RFA Captain, as Liaison Officers to the ship were then terminated and I left Newcastle at short notice after I had been only seven weeks in post.
I have to admit that I was quite relieved at not having to 'guide' the Iranians, especially while at sea, since I myself had been in shore appointments, with no sea experience, for several years, and would have been quite 'rusty' when it came to actual seagoing!
I often wondered what happened to the ship's company of KHARG after that. I did not envy their prospects under the new regime, especially those of the Captain and his officers.
I knew that KHARG had languished on the Tyne for several years and that she eventually sailed away to Iran, but I was fascinated to read Jeff Eagan's account of his time involved with the ship.

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Old 29th May 2008, 21:34
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Hi Jeff,

Very interesting thread and stories.

When I was up in South Shields Tech doing my Revalidation in 2001, I was staying in B&B just up the road from Saudi Shields High Street. One of the the restaurants was owned by Iranians who jumped ship from the Kharg. I presume they still own the place, but what a good meal you get in there. If you find it you will probably remember their faces, but also tell them Captain Chris told you to go there.

By the way, is Mr Shift it still there. Capt. Teignmouth (probably spelt wrong)
He used to be our (virtually) live aboard pilot when I was on the laid up Court Line ships.

Best regards,

Chris
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Old 16th February 2009, 17:59
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Khargs Gun

Attached is a photo of the Khargs gun on the quayside at North Sands Shipyard, Sunderland, just outside the General Store. The date I think was early 1989 shortly after the yards closed.
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Old 16th April 2015, 21:39
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Hi all, The Kharg went on trials in 3 different years, the first trial was terminated due to "squeaky rudder" which was diagnosed by boffins from Newcastle University as harmonics in the hydraulic steering gear. The steering gear room was full of hydraulic hoses to try and reduce the "harmonics"!!! These hoses made no difference what so ever and the Kharg went into drydock at Smiths in North Shields to check the rudder. The rudder trunk was found to be full of grease as the lubricating copper pipe had not been connected to the lower bearing, hence the squeak, the problem was solved but it proved expensive. All the hydraulic hoses were removed from the steering gear room and all the steel pipework reinstated and no more squeaks, so much for the hydraulic harmonic's boffins.
The Kharg's boiler sand air heaters were made in Scotland and shipped by a Danish coaster to Walker and the loading sequence had not been adhered too, the 2 boilers should have been placed for'd and midships and the 2 airheaters in front of the bridge of the single hold coaster as the airheaters could be lifted by the 20 ton SWL crane on top of the 150 ton main crane at the Walker Naval yard. This meant the coaster had to leave the berth and turn in the river and come back alongside with the bow up river, whilst leaving the quay the bow thruster pushed the coasters bow away from the quay and the coaster drifted down stream and the coasters bridge front hit the transom stern of the Kharg and the side of the coaster hit the propellor at that very moment fitters were aligning the propellor shaft coupling flanges and the bump jammed the feeler gauges between the flanges. The Iranians insisted that the vessel must be drydocked to make sure there was no damage to the prop and shaft, the prop was removed and sent back to Stone Manganese in Liverpool where the experts asked what were they supposed to do with the prop as they could find no damage? Another expensive exercise. As Jeff has said the deck crowd had little idea the engine crowd were of a similar ilk. I could go on about what we were asked to do to try and please the Iranians.
The guy that appeared to be running the show when the Shah was in charge was a CPO called Morakani, he had everyone terrified, but when the Shah was toppled he was removed and sent back to Iran I shudder to think what happened to him. When Mrs.Thatcher prevented the release of the vessel the crew walked of and a lot of them disappeared and never went back to Iran. A guard was placed on the gangway and no one was allowed back onboard, white lines were painted for'd and aft to measure how much the draft was increasing. No systems were drained and the fridges were not emptied nothing was cleared from the mess rooms and it lay there for 4 years. when the Iranians came back they found one hell of a mess pipes had frozen and thawed allowing water to leak in all of the accommodation bringing down ceilings ans as these were made of Marinite which has asbestos which has been outlawed while the ship was left idle, it all had to be removed before the crew could go back onboard, they loved it and loved Whitley Bay.

Micky
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Old 17th April 2015, 00:34
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good day jeff egan.m.13th sep.2005.05:27. #1.re:imperial iranian naval vessel kharg.just reading old post's and found this most interesting oldy,great story.thank you for posting.regards ben27
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Old 22nd July 2015, 20:34
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I went on first Sea Trial nd worked od Khark from Keel to Launch But left in 1980
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Old 15th December 2015, 16:29
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The Kharg was a steam ship and its boilers were fired on diesel oil and burnt about 150 tons of gas oil per day, there were no heating coils in any of the bunker tanks or cargo tanks as the Iranian Navy fleet were all diesel fired, as money wans't a concern, so you can imagine how much it would cost to sail to Iran. The main engine was General Electric steam turbine and they had 4 AEI turbo alternators and 2 large diesel generator's in the engine room and all were automatic starts. Trying to train the engine room CPO's to run up the engine room equipment also proved rather difficult, I had to write out idiot boards even down to press the GREEN button to start and the RED button to stop!!!!
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