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I sailed on the Furness Bridge, Sir John Hunter and Sir Alexander Glen. Lots of problems. Furness Bridge regularly sheared the bolts on her scavenge belt and the bolts on the beams supporting the turbo blowers. Lots of vibration. On joining the Sir John Hunter we checked the rudder palm bolts, message from another vessel, to find some of them sheared. Worst run was from Europe after discharging oil and on the empty run to Australia at economical speed we would stop once a week to do a unit! Putting a piston back on a slow roll was a nightmare. How no-one was not injured was a miracle. When the hydraulic push rod adjusters came loose the bridge would slow down but not stop and we would try to tighten them as we ran. There are plenty more horror stories of IG plant leaks and cargo pumps not to mention the purifiers. Cracks on the deck at the accommodation front. I was glad to get off them and back onto general cargo ships.
 
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