Had an interesting incident with this vessel in Whyalla S.Australia in the mid seventies. I was on Sealnes and we're doing the usual load of steel for Europe. Irish Larch came in on the Saturday and we thought nothing of it. Sunday morning we were awoken by an explosion and then smoke coming from her followed by the sound of fire engines. Christ it's the IRA we thought. However the truth was more unusual. Saturday night it had rained and Sunday morning the steel mill had poured off a load of ****. This fell onto the **** pile which was full of little ponds of water. The result was a lump of red hot **** flew into the air and landed in a tub of paint on the foredeck of the Larch. The tub then caught fire. Quite a lucky shot.We all had a good laugh about it at the RSL club that night.
Recall "Irish Spruce" on her maiden trip suffered a rudder failure due to the quadrant coming adrift of the stock. Was part of the repair crew from Dartmouth Marine Slips, 11 days of 10-12 hours, happy days. Middle 80's IIRC.
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