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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tramontana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 July 2008 at 7:12pm
After another matter has come up it was the "Har Saggi" I joined at the Botlek, it's that  age thing that is catching me up I should have checked my book first.
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Years ago when I was working on the Great Lakes one of my last jobs was as second on the oldest ship still sailing up there. The Black River and it was her last season before going for scrap, she had originally been built as a sailing barge in 1896, one of two the other being the Pic River, in 1953 they were rebuilt with an engine room added too the two hulls, the engines being salvaged six cly B&W. The engines had originally been installed in the German ship Englander in the 30s the ship eventually being scuttled in Triest harbour during the war and lay on the bottom for a number of years before being bought and installed in the two former barges.

To say that the next few months were interesting is putting it mildly!!!! Every port we would drop a bottom end, the bearings would be all cracked and chunk's missing, heat up some white metal, pour it in the holes and cracks scrape them, blue the bearing and box it back up again, same thing next port!!!! and that was only some of the things that had to be done, she was a hard work ship

At one time there were saddle ballast tanks on each side of the ship, I think there were ten on each side, when I joined her you could walk from for'd the aft, all the bulkheads had rotted out.

We carried all the cargoes that nobody else wanted, salt, pitch (and that is one horrible cargo) fertilizer, grain, and on the way back newsprint, the ship was owned by the Chicago Tibune.

One of the ports we used to visit quite often was Manitowoc Wisconsin, which is about as far away from the sea as you can imagine and there in the middle of the town is a submarine, during the war they were built here and tested in Lake Superior then shipped out through the lakes and canals to join the fleet.

I sailed up on the lakes for five years and believe me some of the storms up there make the North Atlantic looking like a milll pond.

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tramontana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 July 2008 at 7:17pm
Glad to read the "exploits" of a "traditional Engineer", spare parts would be a problem with the history of the engine  you had fitted I would think, I wish I had a 1 for every inch of lead wire I have used over the years.
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