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Forum: Royal Navy 24th March 2020, 12:08
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Posted By Tomvart
Thanks for posting that very informative link...

Thanks for posting that very informative link Ted, which highlights the extreme bravery of the lads in Coastal Forces - many of whom went into this raid in flimsy unarmoured ships with vulnerable...
Forum: Tall Ships 10th January 2020, 13:33
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Views: 714
Posted By Tomvart
What an astonishing story - Quite a feat of...

What an astonishing story - Quite a feat of seamanship indeed, 1300 miles in an open boat with a small and undernourished crew.
I find it shocking that politics of the day could have interfered...
Forum: Looking for Information on Shipmates, Ships, Family or Friends? 11th October 2019, 10:35
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Views: 1,208
Posted By Tomvart
Thanks for the information Hugh, what a find! ...

Thanks for the information Hugh, what a find!
Much obliged and Best Regards,
Tom
Forum: Looking for Information on Shipmates, Ships, Family or Friends? 10th October 2019, 14:40
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Views: 1,208
Posted By Tomvart
Bob, Hughs research has just reaffirmed my view...

Bob, Hughs research has just reaffirmed my view of what a wonderful resource this website really is!
Forum: Looking for Information on Shipmates, Ships, Family or Friends? 10th October 2019, 14:07
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Posted By Tomvart
Hugh, Brilliant - confirmation at last! ...

Hugh,

Brilliant - confirmation at last! This certainly looks like him, date of birth looks right and his wife and kids did live in Jarrow according to the census returns I have seen!

Thanks...
Forum: Looking for Information on Shipmates, Ships, Family or Friends? 10th October 2019, 12:42
Replies: 8
Views: 1,208
Posted By Tomvart
Hello Hugh, Thanks for the quick response,...

Hello Hugh,

Thanks for the quick response, all I have for William himself is his approximate birth year from a researcher, listed as 'Abt 1818', although I also have a parish baptism record found...
Forum: Looking for Information on Shipmates, Ships, Family or Friends? 9th October 2019, 13:38
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Views: 1,208
Posted By Tomvart
Family Research - Finding Crew Lists / Records?

I am looking for some advice on finding out more about my long deceased maritime ancestors, who I think (from the census records of relatives/spouses) served at sea (I am guessing - Merchant Navy).
...
Forum: The Engine Room 19th August 2019, 14:15
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Thanks David, sounds familiar to me - oh for the...

Thanks David, sounds familiar to me - oh for the engineers tales of woe during trials! I am however quite surprised to hear that Kongsbergs approach to Config Control on that project was so lax...
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 19th August 2019, 13:36
Replies: 38
Views: 4,035
Posted By Tomvart
186K tons! Jesus, thats big...I have never...

186K tons! Jesus, thats big...I have never sailed in anything much larger than 22k ton, and that was too big for me! As to being left in command in restricted waters.....albeit for a short period...
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 19th August 2019, 10:31
Replies: 38
Views: 4,035
Posted By Tomvart
I seem to recall that transiting the Messina...

I seem to recall that transiting the Messina straits was a tad tricky for deep draft vessels?
Why use that nav track? Are they worried about being ambushed by the USN in open international waters...
Forum: The Engine Room 18th August 2019, 20:25
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Interesting stuff David, How did you find...

Interesting stuff David, How did you find Kongsberg as an outfit? I did some interesting work with them for the Norwegian Defence Procurement Division in 2010-13 while they were integrating some...
Forum: The Engine Room 18th August 2019, 20:19
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
I find it incredibly sad that that whole area...

I find it incredibly sad that that whole area (both the Shorts factory and H&W) are no longer producing anything tangible - I can remember that I used to look at the place in awe whenever entering or...
Forum: The Engine Room 18th August 2019, 17:03
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Tmac, thanks for the reply mate, what a dreadful...

Tmac, thanks for the reply mate, what a dreadful state of affairs, sounds like H&W were in turmoil - do you think the causes were due to inexperience by the finance and design teams, or just...
Forum: The Engine Room 18th August 2019, 16:46
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
David, Ringkoping sounds like it was an expensive...

David, Ringkoping sounds like it was an expensive Scandinavian job, I did some work with Saabs yard (Kockums) in Carlskrona on the Visby and Gavle class ships a few years back, I recall that the...
Forum: The Engine Room 17th August 2019, 16:30
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Wow! That's not exactly a small amount!! Can...

Wow! That's not exactly a small amount!!
Can I be cheeky and ask your opinion on why it happened e.g. was it design creep or mismanagement of the project (customer or supplier?), or perhaps both?
Forum: The Engine Room 17th August 2019, 13:49
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
David, please let me apologise - as I didn't...

David, please let me apologise - as I didn't intend my comment reference design creep as derogatory to our MN counterparts, simply that I assumed that commercial building would suffer much less from...
Forum: The Engine Room 17th August 2019, 13:18
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Indeed Roy, much of TSR 2 developed wing...

Indeed Roy, much of TSR 2 developed wing technology also appeared in Typhoon.
Forum: The Engine Room 17th August 2019, 12:24
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Here was me thinking that 'design creep' was a...

Here was me thinking that 'design creep' was a MOD affliction! It seems from comments here that it's quite common across the marine engineering spectrum!
In my time at BAE systems (aero) I witnessed...
Forum: The Engine Room 17th August 2019, 01:59
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
My thoughts exactly David, no changes should be...

My thoughts exactly David, no changes should be implemented after passing CDR / Design Freeze.......unless there are additional funding/resources agreed. I think one of the issues here is that...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th August 2019, 20:41
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Good point Roy, supply and demand, to be honest,...

Good point Roy, supply and demand, to be honest, it sounds like Ferguson Marine are stuck between a rock and a hard place under the current contract for the ferries and are reporting that they stand...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th August 2019, 12:19
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Fergusons Shipyard is apparently now set for...

Fergusons Shipyard is apparently now set for Nationalisation by the SNP, according to the BBC article (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49370082) "The GMB union said...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th August 2019, 21:15
Replies: 33
Views: 2,802
Posted By Tomvart
Dave, I agree, this is not the same country...

Dave,

I agree, this is not the same country that I was brought into by my old man!

For the record - moving abroad to work/live is an incredibly brave thing to do, sounds like your happy there,...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th August 2019, 17:12
Replies: 33
Views: 2,802
Posted By Tomvart
I don't understand (successive) Government policy...

I don't understand (successive) Government policy on shipyard subsidies either Ron, undoubtedly the blame resides partly with them. According to the Save the Royal Navy website:
"Government is...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th August 2019, 15:09
Replies: 33
Views: 2,802
Posted By Tomvart
David, the NSbS was been published by HMG here...

David, the NSbS was been published by HMG here (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-shipbuilding-strategy) in 2016, although I agree that its not an easy read, it does make 34 clear...
Forum: The Engine Room 9th August 2019, 20:02
Replies: 29
Views: 2,810
Posted By Tomvart
Another UK Yard to bite the dust

Ferguson's Clyde shipyard is apparently set to go into administration according to the BBC a few minutes ago, despite earlier reports of Nationalisation by the Scottish Govt.
How many more?
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