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    Posted: 06 October 2007 at 8:45pm

I am wondering now whether there could be a 'Merchant Navy' title within this Forum - I'll ask the 'powers that be' - meanwhile have you any shots of your GT powered Cargo Boat 'Tramontana'? 

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I can,t remember taking a photo of  her, but I have seen one of her somewhere,  her name was "Rembrandt", she used "The French gas Turbine system" powered by gasifiers, I saw her again many years later when  the system had been removed as it was to expensive to run( That is the other problem with G.T.s unless the taxpayer is picking up the fuel bill!!) and she had been retro fitted with a diesel. When she was built she did leave the shipyard with a small white elephant painted on the side. I wonder if I can get next weeks Lottery numbers off the joker who painted it? he's most probably dead by now. Without wondering off too far I had a look at that Website you mentiond, certainly one of "Frank's Facts" is not a "fact" at all, the "Cossack" did not find the "Altmark" it was 3 Lockheed Hudson's from an airfield in North Yorkshire called Thornaby (coastal command and home of the "Thornaby Bag") which found her hidden in Jossing, one of the Pilots flew low enough to read her name on the stern and then was disciplined for sending the Sit Rep in plain language!!, it was  then the B.P. from "Cossack" boarded her. 
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now you know why I didn't fancy Tankers as well as the oil jetty's being miles from anywhere, I joined to see the World, the nearest I got to a Tanker was a 75,000tn O.B.O. whose No2 hold side collapsed and we were only in ballast!! I understand some of the modern Gas Tankers can run their engine/s off  the surplus product they are carrying. Look forward to the M.N. Page
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The gas is liquified and boils off so the gas is burnt as fuel. Also it is possible to run main engines on crude which gives a VLCC a hell of a range before it runs out.

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A Merchant Navy page so soon. It only took the powers that be 50 years to learn that the MN was involved in the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Yes Richard - it has taken some while to get the MN properly recognised - hopefully this Forum will help generate some more interest and awareness. A book that I would recommend is "The Real Cruel Sea" by Richard Woodman ISBN 0 7195 6403 4

Gives some depth to the understanding of the Merchantmen's battle in the Atlantic 1939-43 - be warned, a 'heavy' read but well worth it in my opinion.

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This poem was written by an 18 year old who followed his father into the merchant service and had a hard time during the war years. I like it.

On all the seas of all the world, there passes to and fro,

where ghostly icebergs travel, and spicy trade winds blow,

a gaudy piece of bunting, a Royal ruddy rag,

the blossom of the ocean lanes, Great Britains merchant flag.

I am still proud to wear the Red Duster even on an ex navy craft.

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Richard, if only our Government gave the subsidy's to our "Merchant Fleet that the Russian's gave to their "Merchant Fleet" and I use that term loosely as most people are aware that the Russians may have merchant ship's but they all belong/ed to the Soviet Navy (read Chapman Pincher!) we would have had a bigger slice of the World trade now, in Wartime being down the engineroom would be bad enough but knowing that it was the first hit on a torpedo strike takes courage especially on Tanker's where the only way was up, they deserved their Contracts which did not stop their pay when the ship usually disappeared except of course the "San Demetrio" and the "Ohio" wonderful stories of British seamanship and courage when their ship's did not disappear into the atmosphere and they got them to a Port to deliver their vital cargo.
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The San Demetrio film has some brilliant shots of reversing an old marine diesel. Most don't understand that you make the whole engine run backwards to go astern. Fiendish machines to ordinary folks and only understood by God and his disciples, the marine engineers.

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Thinking about enginerooms I must find the time to put something together about Gas Turbine power as a lot of people seem to think the gas turbine was as a result of the Whittle engine but of course the "Turbinia" was gas turbine powered.  Steam is an ouderless colourless gas. The jet engine was/is another way of powering a turbine as were gasifiers which the Germans used as compressors on submarines they don't have a crankshaft!!

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