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The flat irons Bobbie Shaftoe, Bessie Surtees and one other used to pass up and down the Tyne passed Palmers Hebburn where I did my yard experirence in late 62. What was the name of the third fly ash vessel, or where all 3 colliers/ fly ash vessels.(Thumb)
 

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The Fly ash vessels although built in the Flat iron style were smaller than the flat iron colliers, they just ran from the power station to the dump three miles or so off the Tyne.
 

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The Fly ash vessels although built in the Flat iron style were smaller than the flat iron colliers, they just ran from the power station to the dump three miles or so off the Tyne.
Their size was controlled by the fact that they went up the Tyne as far as Stella even beyond the Anglo Great Lakes at Newburn berth where some coasters went. You wouldn't get much bigger up there now than the rowing eights which still sail there. It is well silted now.
 

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I worked for S.C. in 1974-5 as Office Junior then Agency Clerk, and there were also the hopper barges David Marley and, out of Blyth, the Sir Fon. Also at that time I acted as Agency Clerk when the CEGB colliers Charles H Merz and Sir Johnstone Wright were sold -both to new Greek owners- one I can remember being renamed the Fanis, which we youngsters in the office had a good laugh at, though it narrowly got beaten in the comedy ship name stakes by the vessel Pinas 1 which came into Albert Edward Dock in the Tyne with a cargo of timber in 1975.
 

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Latter years Adderstone worked out of the Wear and Tyne and after she and Sir Fon, which was bought by Stevies and renamed Goldstone (she never traded and was laid up at Jarrow) were sold for scrap they were replaced by the pusher tug Weswear and the Bumblebee barges, numbers 1-4.
They were owned by Switzver and the tug alternated between Tyne and Wear, ie one was being loaded on the Wear as he was pushing one out from the Tyne.
At Blyth we always reckoned that MVA stood for Motor Vessel Ash.

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The flat irons Bobbie Shaftoe, Bessie Surtees and one other used to pass up and down the Tyne passed Palmers Hebburn where I did my yard experirence in late 62. What was the name of the third fly ash vessel, or where all 3 colliers/ fly ash vessels.(Thumb)
Hi. The third hopper barge was the. M.V. Hexamshire Lass. I lived in Newburn and before I went to sea in 1960, you could see all three ships
arriving/leaving Stella Power Station. Hope this answers your query.
 

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Hi. The third hopper barge was the. M.V. Hexamshire Lass. I lived in Newburn and before I went to sea in 1960, you could see all three ships
arriving/leaving Stella Power Station. Hope this answers your query.
Thanks, I assume these ships have now gone to the great redemere with thier crews.B\)
 

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I believe these were built fat and low with hinged masts that could be lowered flat so they could pass under the Swing Bridge without the need to open it and stop all the traffic.
 

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In later years the fine fly ash collected from the grit arrestors and electrostatic precipitators of coal fired power station boilers became a valuable additive to construction concrete making it more fluid for form work.
I guess that this may have seen the dumping of the waste at sea phased out to a large extent.

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Hi Pat I worked for my final year with SC on the Adderstone before laying her up in the Tyne and then being made redundant, I think Ilast seen you was on the Monarch
 
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