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Old 22nd December 2008, 08:50
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Floating Dock

How often is a floating dock dry docked? And where?
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Old 23rd December 2008, 08:18
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The Floating Dock in Galveston Texas at the old Todd's Shipyard back in the fifties was an old WW2 dock. It was built in three sections and was capable of being split and then docking itself!
The two ends would dock the centre and then the centre would dock the two ends.
We were alongside there for six months and that thing was working 24/7 the whole time we were there.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 18:32
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Probably the same as a regular vessel. At least once in four years. I expect if it's registered and ensured the regular regs would apply.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 19:01
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Every floating dock that I have been on has been self-docking as Mike has posted. The only thing that I would add is that the part that is being docked is turned 90 degrees, so that it fits into the other parts.

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Old 23rd December 2008, 21:22
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I don't think regs cover them..I think it is insurance.
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Old 24th December 2008, 02:25
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There's a floating dry dock docked in at the former Doxford yard in Pallion, Sunderland. I think she came up from Whitby?
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Old 24th December 2008, 03:56
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A number of floating docks never dock and I have not heard of as regular as ships i.e. every 4 or 5 years.

Some floating docks are so isolated or tucked away in ports of which the country has not got the facility to dock.
That would mean such floating dock would have to be towed to another country and that would not happen that regular.

Interesting topic, thanks
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Old 24th December 2008, 09:00
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floating docks

I can remember in Falmouth that AFD 35 was docked in AFD 5 on one occasion,this must have been in the late 1950's. I think that that was the last time that AFD 5 was used. Eventually she was towed away but sunk under tow.
I am not sure what happened to the smaller floating docks.
Maybe some one could fill in the missing details
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Old 24th December 2008, 09:32
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I can remember in Falmouth that AFD 35 was docked in AFD 5 on one occasion,this must have been in the late 1950's. I think that that was the last time that AFD 5 was used. Eventually she was towed away but sunk under tow.
I am not sure what happened to the smaller floating docks.
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AFD, Admiralty Floating Dock, Two were built in drydock in Portsmouth late
50's early 60's to service the Nukes of the time AFD 59 and AFD 60, had all their own facilities to service the subs and accomodate the crews.

There was a huge floating dock alongside the North Wall of Portsmouth Royal Naval Dockyard for many years, story was it was an ex German Piece of kit taken as reparation. This was never serviced in all the time I was there.

As an aside it was used to refit the Mull of Kintyre as a repair facility over a number of years.

It was then towed out to Spithead and stayed there spoiling the TV signal for many weeks before it was towed away. South America was the destination I believe.

In those far off years the TransAtlantic Liners always announced their arrival by interfering with the TV signal, it would get weaker and stronger as they transited the channel upto the Brambles, this would continue until they were well past Fawley.

Played havoc with the Potters Wheel and Muffin the Mule.
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Old 24th December 2008, 10:16
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I've never seen the floating docks across the harbour taken out. In fact the old dock use to leak and it would not be uncommon for the Chief to be calling the dockmaster becouse of the list. That dock was built in the 40s and towed away several years ago to an unknown destination.
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Old 27th February 2009, 17:29
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I have an Avid interest in Naval Heraldry, and am trying to find out all i can about the Crests /Badges of Admiralty Floating Docks i have badges for Floating Docks Number 20 58 and 60, i have rea about AFD 17 , and Also AFD 23 , so it follows that they had consecitive Numbers and it looks like they are all missing , once again lost to History
I would appreciate any information about the badges /Crests of any Floating Docks that any members have any knowledge of

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Old 27th February 2009, 18:41
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Not many masters have had their ship sink in a floating dock. Well I am one.
When I was master of "Texaco Westminster" she was wrecked in the largest floating docking the Medi at that time at Palermo in 1973.
The dock was wrenched from its attachments and in a severe storm which destroyed the harbor breakwater, We floated out to sea and then back alongside demolishing a marina and the dock itself. I will never forget the dock sides collapsing and the cranes falling on the decks, We had the prop off and the tail shaft inboard plus plates and plugs on the bottom out so we sank on the dock ripping the ship's bottom severely. The prop and pilgrim nut fell overboard and were subsequently recovered.

We lost no lives and had to abandon ship by sliding down a gauntline paratrooper style. A great adventure and we had the eyes of the mafia on us as they smelt easy money and salvage.

I stayed with the vessel after salvage and tow up to Genoa - then on with an Italian crew and Texaco British Engineers to Greece at top speed of eight knots and maximum astern revs of about 30. Those things would never happen now - Braer and other disasters have seen to that

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Yesterday here in Bollingers in Texas City they floated out a small floating dock from a larger floating dock in enable our dsv to drydock on Monday
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Greetings All Members

I have an Avid interest in Naval Heraldry, and am trying to find out all i can about the Crests /Badges of Admiralty Floating Docks i have badges for Floating Docks Number 20 58 and 60, i have rea about AFD 17 , and Also AFD 23 , so it follows that they had consecitive Numbers and it looks like they are all missing , once again lost to History
I would appreciate any information about the badges /Crests of any Floating Docks that any members have any knowledge of

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Aye Tom

Tom, I served on AFD60 at HMS Neptune (Clyde Submarine Base) 1968-1969.
"She" was built to dock down the four polaris submarines. I was not aware that AFD60 had a badge and would welcome a glimpse of it.

After the last Polaris boat was decommissioned (late 1990s) AFD60 was sold, I believe to Iceland. I have no proof of this but recall seeing a photo of AFD60 being towed out of the Gareloch, in the Navy News. For some time I tried to get a copy of that photo, but NN could not help unless I gave them a month and year.

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Old 5th June 2009, 07:42
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The only other dock that I know of that suffered a catstrophic failure was AFD28 in Trincomalee on the 08th. August 1944 whilst Docking the battleship Valiant, Valiant was so badly damaged she never returned to service.
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Not many masters have had their ship sink in a floating dock. Well I am one.
When I was master of "Texaco Westminster" she was wrecked in the largest floating docking the Medi at that time at Palermo in 1973.
Mr. Turkovic, (Chief Supt. Texaco Europe), must have really lost his rag with the shipyard!
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I sevrved on AFD60 at Faslane in the 80's. It was a great piece of kit, I drove one of the rail mounted cranes used for removing parts of broken subs. She was sold in the 90's to a shipyard in Iceland for the drydocking of the fishing fleet I heard. The starboard crane fell over the side during a storm on the way there.
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Afd 60

Hi guys first post! I belive the AFD 60's unoficial badge was the God Poseidon with his Trident in one hand and an old bomber in the other, I also know that when they carried out a nuclear docking they played the theme tune to Monty Pythons Flying Circus through the PA !!!
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Old 4th October 2010, 14:41
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During my aprenticeship with Harland & Wolff we had a small floating dock at the No2 repair yard in the Norway Dock of the Surrey Docks in London, the largest vessel it could lift was No 5 Dredger of the Port of London Authority. Twenty years ago while based in Hong Kong I would take the high speed catermaran up the Pearl River to Lin Hua Shan, passing the three large floating docks of the Hong Kong and Wampoa Drydock company moored off Lantau Island
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Having recently docked in one of the floating docks in Grand Bahama Shipyard, I find it hard to believe that they are ever surveyed. Throughout the 17 day docking, the yards steel dept were renewing steel plates on the dock floor, which were severely corroded. Despite their efforts, when the dock was being "sunk" at the end of our docking, there were numerous fountains as the dock floor submerged due to the air escaping through holes in the dock bottom.
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Yesterday I posted a photo of a floating dock in Hamburg
which had capsized with a passenger ship in it - 1938.
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Hi guys first post! I belive the AFD 60's unoficial badge was the God Poseidon with his Trident in one hand and an old bomber in the other, I also know that when they carried out a nuclear docking they played the theme tune to Monty Pythons Flying Circus through the PA !!!
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I've never seen the floating docks across the harbour taken out. In fact the old dock use to leak and it would not be uncommon for the Chief to be calling the dockmaster becouse of the list. That dock was built in the 40s and towed away several years ago to an unknown destination.
The one that sank in Halifax I understand insurance told them to get lost as it had not been maintained to a satisfactory level . Dond know if it was capable of self docking .
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