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Forum: Mess Deck 17th July 2019, 19:12
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Two Brixham trawler skippers were overheard...

Two Brixham trawler skippers were overheard arguing on VHF. One was convinced he had right of way over the other because he was following a green line on the Decca chart, and the other was on a red...
Forum: Mess Deck 16th July 2019, 19:57
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Each department has its own traditions and long...

Each department has its own traditions and long established practices. Sadly in these more collaborative and democratic times, the differences have become somewhat amalgamated. F'rinstance, in my...
Forum: Mess Deck 15th July 2019, 20:14
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I'm beginning to think that somebody, not of the...

I'm beginning to think that somebody, not of the deck department, thought it would be a spiffing wheeze to burn off the many coats of meticulously applied marine varnish with a gas axe. Much faster...
Forum: Mess Deck 3rd July 2019, 06:55
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Posted By Dartskipper
If that engine has been worked on by the locals,...

If that engine has been worked on by the locals, it's probably a Chrysler block with a Ford crankshaft and Pontiac heads. Could have Nash pistons and Oldsmobile connecting rods. Devilishly ingenious...
Forum: Tankers 26th June 2019, 19:31
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Posted By Dartskipper
Did he ever meet Kate Adie?

Did he ever meet Kate Adie?
Forum: Mess Deck 24th June 2019, 19:47
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To say nothing of the engineers' flat after the...

To say nothing of the engineers' flat after the Hurling and Shinty championships. :shock:
Forum: The Pig & Whistle 23rd June 2019, 14:13
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Posted By Dartskipper
Ah, yes, indeed. But can she make toast?

Ah, yes, indeed. But can she make toast?
Forum: Tankers 22nd June 2019, 21:00
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Posted By Dartskipper
Are they running a ferry service in the Gulf now...

Are they running a ferry service in the Gulf now as well?
Forum: Mess Deck 21st June 2019, 22:01
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Posted By Dartskipper
On the deck?

On the deck?
Forum: The Engine Room 18th June 2019, 20:32
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Posted By Dartskipper
There is still a bad atmosphere in Luton over the...

There is still a bad atmosphere in Luton over the closing of the Vauxhall factory. The announcement was made one December shortly after a new MD had been appointed. The plant was one of the most...
Forum: The Engine Room 17th June 2019, 21:28
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Views: 368
Posted By Dartskipper
Another old British manufacturer closed some...

Another old British manufacturer closed some years ago in Northampton and Daventry. Timken, famous for heavy duty roller bearings. Both sites are now apartment blocks and houses. There was an SKF...
Forum: Mess Deck 14th June 2019, 19:39
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Posted By Dartskipper
There could be a strange looking bloke holding a...

There could be a strange looking bloke holding a trident, directing traffic.
Forum: Mess Deck 8th June 2019, 16:47
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Posted By Dartskipper
Yes FJ, these referendum things never quite go...

Yes FJ, these referendum things never quite go the way you plan, it seems.
Forum: Mess Deck 5th June 2019, 20:02
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Posted By Dartskipper
A very Happy Birthday to the admiral, and...

A very Happy Birthday to the admiral, and congratulations to the Skipper. Any beverage that appeals is proper to raise in a glass, except anything beginning with the word "Coke," "Coca," or "Pepsi,"...
Forum: Mess Deck 4th June 2019, 11:50
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Posted By Dartskipper
Tying a knot with one hand, while holding the...

Tying a knot with one hand, while holding the "how to do it" manual in the other calls for extreme dexterity, not unlike reassembling a valve gear timing train with the book of words propped against...
Forum: Mess Deck 3rd June 2019, 20:22
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Posted By Dartskipper
I think that Chippie would be able to advise...

I think that Chippie would be able to advise about Spanish Wind-lasses if anyone needs any guidance into their applications.
Forum: Historic Shipping Lines & Ships 29th May 2019, 20:05
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By Dartskipper
I'm not sure I want a yellow engine. It would...

I'm not sure I want a yellow engine. It would clash with my overalls. Something white, cream, grey and silver, or medium grey- green would be ok though.
Forum: Historic Shipping Lines & Ships 29th May 2019, 17:47
Replies: 13
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Posted By Dartskipper
Does the Cat go in athwartships to drive the...

Does the Cat go in athwartships to drive the paddlewheels? Or is there a stonking great Spicer transmission and differential driving twin shafts connected to the side wheels? Waverley doesn't have...
Forum: Historic Shipping Lines & Ships 28th May 2019, 21:47
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Posted By Dartskipper
I had forgotten that little detail Bill. Yes, it...

I had forgotten that little detail Bill. Yes, it was the Chairman and members of the Works and Harbours Committee, and sundry other councillors and officials. They used to get a jolly on the Lifeboat...
Forum: Stormy Weather 28th May 2019, 21:42
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Posted By Dartskipper
Chaos isn't a theory anymore, Bob. It's now...

Chaos isn't a theory anymore, Bob. It's now official policy!
Forum: Royal Navy 25th May 2019, 16:30
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By Dartskipper
I don't think the Admiralty will ever name...

I don't think the Admiralty will ever name another ship "Hood."
Forum: Historic Shipping Lines & Ships 24th May 2019, 23:17
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By Dartskipper
When Waverley visited South Devon many years ago,...

When Waverley visited South Devon many years ago, she berthed at Haldon Pier, Torquay. There was a strong SW breeze, (Haldon Pier runs approximately NE/SW,) and she overcooked the approach. There...
Forum: Mess Deck 20th May 2019, 19:52
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Posted By Dartskipper
4 out 12 ain't too bad? (Not unless you count...

4 out 12 ain't too bad? (Not unless you count days of the month with "R" in them too, kind of limits it a bit….) :hippy:
Forum: Mess Deck 20th May 2019, 18:58
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Posted By Dartskipper
All that hammering and clanging in the engine...

All that hammering and clanging in the engine room must be Chief Tmac and ES tidying up and making a new "Welcome" mat for the door threshold. Nothing but the best stainless steel footwear scraping...
Forum: Mess Deck 14th May 2019, 18:36
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Posted By Dartskipper
Sorry to be a rotten riter, but I fought I had...

Sorry to be a rotten riter, but I fought I had ritten it ritely, not rongly. I fought youse wer finking of doze free yews over there, so we better get doze tree fellers from the pub to turn 'em into...
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