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Hopefully Pat Kennedy was on his crane with his box brownie camera, just like the old days.
No cranes left in the yard any more sadly.
The closest I could get was across the road outside a McDonalds.

No one was showing the slightest interest, just stuffing garbage into their faces.
Still, the ship looked magnificent, what I could see of it.(Thumb)
 

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Apparently there were tickets available for the public to access the ceremony but I never heard about it until it was too late.
I really hope that the yard can build on this achievement and go on to get more big orders.
They have done us proud here on Wirral, even with no "proper" cranes(Thumb)
 

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By a lucky sequence of history nobody is likely to have to transmit the vessel's name by aldis lamp.
 

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Ho, ho!

I agree with Pat that here is a most welcome boost for the local economy. Long may it continue!

ps. In the early 1930s my Dad was Fourth Mate in Philoctetes. I remember him telling me that few people could read that name by morse, firtst time!
 

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By a lucky sequence of history nobody is likely to have to transmit the vessel's name by aldis lamp.
It could have been worse. Letting the proletariat have a say in things is a dicey business. We had a narrow squeak with the name there, but it might have been better to have a near thing with the European referendum, but stayed in, and called the ship Boaty Macboatface. Either way we would have made ourselves a laughing stock.
 

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Apparently there were tickets available for the public to access the ceremony but I never heard about it until it was too late.
I really hope that the yard can build on this achievement and go on to get more big orders.
They have done us proud here on Wirral, even with no "proper" cranes(Thumb)
Hi Pat If you click on the link for the survey website in my original post it says there are some tickets available for Saturday and it tells you how to apply.

Regards

Steve
 

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Camel Lairds will have to get out of the habit of only building red & white ships. Their previous one (Red Kestrel) had the same colour scheme. :) :)
 

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Was it built on time and to budget?
Have CL much more work in the pipeline?
Could they be considered for the fabrication of modules for future RN ships? I remember an engineer telling me he served his time in CL working on nuclear submarines.
 

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Was it built on time and to budget?
Have CL much more work in the pipeline?
Could they be considered for the fabrication of modules for future RN ships? I remember an engineer telling me he served his time in CL working on nuclear submarines.

They did all the flight deck modules for the two new carriers, and some of the lower blocks as well.
This is in the planning stage but could be a future project;

https://www.clbh.co.uk/new-contracts/cammell-laird-backs-plans-150m-disaster-relief-ship

I worked on the Polaris submarines when they were built in Lairds.
I particularly remember the blue steel for the pressure hulls, which was brought in from the USA as it was a specialty that British steel makers were unable to produce.
They had to introduce new welding techniques for this steel as well as it could not be welded by ordinary electric arc welding.
 

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Hi Pat If you click on the link for the survey website in my original post it says there are some tickets available for Saturday and it tells you how to apply.

Regards

Steve
Thanks for that Steve, got tickets for me and Mrs K for Sat 12.00 (Thumb)
 
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