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Old 28th December 2019, 17:14
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Aden 1954
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Old 28th December 2019, 23:00
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Old 2nd January 2020, 09:35
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Aden 1954
What a ship. Am I right in remembering that James' brother was also sailing on the ship? After Ellerman sold her I came across her (1973?) abandoned in St John, New Brunswick. I believe a furnace has collapsed on one of the Scotch boilers and, again, there were fatalities.
I think I nearly got the job, when she was sold, of sailing with the new owners to Greece. Fortunately that never happened.
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Old 3rd January 2020, 22:49
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No I never sailed othe "Bath"
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Old 3rd January 2020, 22:53
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The following are the statements given at the enquiry by Chief and 5th Engineers.

The writer has used the word “excelerators” in the fifth engineers statement, I think this should be accumulators


5th Engineer Enquiry Statement

I was on the 4-8 watch on Sunday the 26th December, 1954. Having completed the routine inspection and the Log Book, the 2nd Engineer Mr. Blair advised me to prepare for manoeuvres as the vessel was approaching port. I walked round to the port side to inspect the excelerators and on returning to the front of the engine I heard a grinding noise. I had made no alterations or adjustments to the machinery preparatory to manoeuvring. I was standing between No. 1 and No. 2 cylinders and by this time the noise was a great deal increased. About this time the casing plat of No. 3 cylinder opened up towards me and flames came out of the space away from me. I got down into a crawling position for protection and saw that the manoeuvring platform was enveloped in flames. I then went to the forward end of the engine room and up to the rectified oil tank and closed the run down valve. By this time the engine room was full of smoke and very little visibility. I then returned to the forward end of the engine room and having obtained a fire extinguisher used it into the crank case of No. 3 cylinder. From the time that Mr. Blair spoke to me just before the accident, I lost sight of him and did not see him again until he was in his room. I spoke to him, he was standing up, and quite conscious but he had been very severely burned.


Chief Engineer Enquiry Statement

At 5-30 a.m. on 26th December, 1954 I was sleeping in my room and was awakened by the noise of thumping and hammering and the ship vibrating. I went to the forward Engine Room door and when I looked in I found that it was very difficult to see anything on account of the smoke but there was the appearance of fire and sparks at the top of the engine room. I went back to my cabin and put on a pair of overalls and shoes and I then' endeavoured to enter the engine room from the after engine room door. I got as far as the cylinder top platform but had to return owing to smoke. I went to the boat deck and put the emergency remote control gear into action and the engine stopped. I then returned to my cabin and got a wet towel and returned to the after engine room door and proceeded to the manoeuvring platform. When I got there I found that the deck was still on fire, and there were still pieces of burning debris on the plates, which were extinguished by other engineers. I did not see Mr. Blair and I have been informed that he left the engine room without assistance and was met at the engine room door by the 3rd Engineer who escorted him to his room. I inspected the damage in the Engine Room and instructed the Engineer to shut down all main machinery. I then went up to the bridge to report to the Captain and on my way I looked in at the 2nd Engineer's cabin and spoke to him. He asked me what the trouble was and I told him that a bolt had broken. I saw that he had been very severely burned. An inspection of the damage showed the head of the back bolt of the aft side rod bottom end was missing (No. 3) and that considerable damage had been caused.
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Old 4th January 2020, 15:27
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The following are the statements given at the enquiry by Chief and 5th Engineers.

The writer has used the word “excelerators” in the fifth engineers statement, I think this should be accumulators


5th Engineer Enquiry Statement

I was on the 4-8 watch on Sunday the 26th December, 1954. Having completed the routine inspection and the Log Book, the 2nd Engineer Mr. Blair advised me to prepare for manoeuvres as the vessel was approaching port. I walked round to the port side to inspect the excelerators and on returning to the front of the engine I heard a grinding noise. I had made no alterations or adjustments to the machinery preparatory to manoeuvring. I was standing between No. 1 and No. 2 cylinders and by this time the noise was a great deal increased. About this time the casing plat of No. 3 cylinder opened up towards me and flames came out of the space away from me. I got down into a crawling position for protection and saw that the manoeuvring platform was enveloped in flames. I then went to the forward end of the engine room and up to the rectified oil tank and closed the run down valve. By this time the engine room was full of smoke and very little visibility. I then returned to the forward end of the engine room and having obtained a fire extinguisher used it into the crank case of No. 3 cylinder. From the time that Mr. Blair spoke to me just before the accident, I lost sight of him and did not see him again until he was in his room. I spoke to him, he was standing up, and quite conscious but he had been very severely burned.


Chief Engineer Enquiry Statement

At 5-30 a.m. on 26th December, 1954 I was sleeping in my room and was awakened by the noise of thumping and hammering and the ship vibrating. I went to the forward Engine Room door and when I looked in I found that it was very difficult to see anything on account of the smoke but there was the appearance of fire and sparks at the top of the engine room. I went back to my cabin and put on a pair of overalls and shoes and I then' endeavoured to enter the engine room from the after engine room door. I got as far as the cylinder top platform but had to return owing to smoke. I went to the boat deck and put the emergency remote control gear into action and the engine stopped. I then returned to my cabin and got a wet towel and returned to the after engine room door and proceeded to the manoeuvring platform. When I got there I found that the deck was still on fire, and there were still pieces of burning debris on the plates, which were extinguished by other engineers. I did not see Mr. Blair and I have been informed that he left the engine room without assistance and was met at the engine room door by the 3rd Engineer who escorted him to his room. I inspected the damage in the Engine Room and instructed the Engineer to shut down all main machinery. I then went up to the bridge to report to the Captain and on my way I looked in at the 2nd Engineer's cabin and spoke to him. He asked me what the trouble was and I told him that a bolt had broken. I saw that he had been very severely burned. An inspection of the damage showed the head of the back bolt of the aft side rod bottom end was missing (No. 3) and that considerable damage had been caused.
Thank you for that Albert
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