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Forum Name: 43957 & 441341
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Topic: 44320
Posted By: Hops
Subject: 44320
Date Posted: 21 March 2006 at 1:55pm

Hi well were shall I start... I own the above boat 44320 MSPB built in Southampton, she was first allocated  to the maintenance Commander in Devonport up to 1948 where she then ended up  as nominal Depot Ship at RNAS Anthorn on the Solway of Firth where she carried the white ensign HMS Nuthatch up until 1960 when the base was decommissioned and from then until about 3 years ago when I brought her is rather blank?

At the present time she is moored on the Thames down near Hampton where she is being rebuilt as she was in a pretty bad state of affairs, the original engines are now in the deepest Amason as were the last owner went to retire so at the present monent she is fitted with tiwn Sabre's 6 cyl diesel turbo's, soon to be started up for the first time in a long while!

I was in contact with Philip Simons some time back but have not been in contact  back for some time due to work etc.

if anyone has any imformation on these boats I would be very interested I belive they ran from 44306-44324.

Many thanks

Paul Hopley mailto:hoptoit04@yahoo.co.uk - hoptoit04@yahoo.co.uk

P.S. can supply photo's of what she looks today




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Posted By: Pioneer
Date Posted: 21 March 2006 at 4:06pm

Hello Paul

Yes, we certainly would like to see some pic's of the boat as she is today. I myself am not up on this class of craft but I am sure that others may have some knowledge or experience of them.

If you cannot reduce the pictures yourself to under 50Kb - post them to me at mailto:tedelse@ntlworld.com - tedelse@ntlworld.com and I shall try

Regards



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Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 25 October 2008 at 9:25am

Hi just a little note to say that I have been registered on the National Ships Register Ive posted a brief history and a couple of photos of my British Power Boat, Nuthatch.

Please follow thwe link below;
 
http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/index.cfm/event/getVessel/vref/288 - http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/index.cfm/event/getVessel/vref/288
 
 


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Posted By: Pioneer
Date Posted: 25 October 2008 at 9:41am
Your link directed me to 'The Maid of Brownsea' have you changed her name? - no pictures were available.

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Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 25 October 2008 at 10:24am
Ops! seems as there's a problem with the link...
 
Works on my saved link give me me a mo ill have a look Confused


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 25 October 2008 at 10:32am
Found it!
 
Have a go at this one;
 
http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/index.cfm/event/getVessel/vref/2088 - http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/index.cfm/event/getVessel/vref/2088


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Pioneer
Date Posted: 25 October 2008 at 11:46am
That's better Paul - I can see it now. It appears to be a fine craft - looking the business.
I have taken the liberty of placing a copy of the shot here - if you no like - let me know and I'll take it down.
 
 


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Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 25 October 2008 at 12:03pm
Hi there,
 
Great to see her, noticed her on the NHS site, best of luck with her restoration, do keep us all posted if you need any help or info, always worth asking, a lot of expertise out there.
 
JohnK


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 26 October 2008 at 10:34am
Hi
yes cheers for that, I was having a few probs this end, restoration will now slow down due to our great summer, but will plood on....  As things happen ill do my best to keep things up to date.
 
Paul


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 26 October 2008 at 12:52pm

Hi there,

 
Many thanks for that Paul, do keep in touch, hope perhaps to see her around, if ever in the Medway, drop us a line and we can see about visitor berthing,
 
JohnK


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 27 October 2008 at 10:26am
Hi
Yes most strange I was planning a trip to chatham this year but my second engine will now have to wait til next year, but yes will let you know for sure.
 
Great site very informative


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 27 October 2008 at 11:56am
Hi
 
Ah, well what a pity but hope fully next year then, all the best,
 
JohnK


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 04 January 2009 at 5:57pm
Cheers paul,

For your hospitality the other day was really great to take a look at another boat. thanks also for the guided tour of rascal island.

Can't wait to see all the work you're doing when its done.

Scott & Kerry


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 14 August 2009 at 10:09am
Hi all
 
First of all congatulations on the move to Portsmouth hope things are great there...
 
Just to let anyone know that Im off on a little jolly to 'Chiswick Open Day' down at Chiswiick Pier on the 19th 20th Sept they are having a maritine event and Ive been invited down to show off my boat (Nuthatch), if anyone is around they are more than welcome.... Oh its next to the brewery!
 
 
All the best
 
Paul


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Posted By: Pathfinder
Date Posted: 14 August 2009 at 11:16am
Hi Paul,
How about a photo or two please..?
 
Richard


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Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 14 August 2009 at 2:29pm
Of the boat in general or of him on the move?

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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Pathfinder
Date Posted: 14 August 2009 at 2:42pm
If you can send me some of each and a short story, I wil put on Yardarm for all to see..?
 
mailto:pathfinder@safemariner.co.uk - pathfinder@safemariner.co.uk
 
Richard


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Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 15 August 2009 at 10:39am

Hi all

Yes photos will follow but on the move might be a tuff one but I'll see what I can do....
 
Ill write a story of the event plus any photos.... apparntly the local press are coming Arh! but we are still in the planning stage will let you know as things progress.....
 
Cheers
 
Paul


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Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 15 August 2009 at 1:25pm
Let me know if you need a hand paul sadly our stbd engine is still u/S so we can't come give you a tow... Big%20smileLOL


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 17 August 2009 at 7:27pm
Hi yer how you doing?
 
Well port side side engine isnt working but Im still on the move! Ha
 
if you are around come down Smile


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 22 September 2009 at 8:18am
well how did it go paul?

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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 23 September 2009 at 3:15pm
Hi all
 
Yes went to Chiswick Open Day and as promised I have photo's, click on the the link below for said action photis...  It was a nice day....
 
p.s. the trip to the brewery was tops!
 
http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/sredir?uname=chiswickpier&target=ALBUM&id=5383704991428996929&authkey=Gv1sRgCIXcyfGvrIrzyAE&invite=CP3V1ewO&feat=emailo - http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/sredir?uname=chiswickpier&target=ALBUM&id=5383704991428996929&authkey=Gv1sRgCIXcyfGvrIrzyAE&invite=CP3V1ewO&feat=emailo
 
 


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Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 23 September 2009 at 5:27pm
Hi Paul,
 
Great to see her underway.
 
Johnk


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 25 September 2009 at 12:11am
Looks good chap, maybe you can make the trip up here next ;)

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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: The wood Wizard
Date Posted: 01 October 2009 at 9:46am
but some of us would need to get the paint brush out and at least finish the paint job, boats are a life time of work if only to stand still let alone make improvements. Get ya finger out White lady.

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restore and improve but in the same way as before.


Posted By: Magic Fingers
Date Posted: 01 October 2009 at 10:51am
Wood Wizard, Talking, texting and emailing is easier than doing as we have found out with MTB102. No-one seems to want to actually "play" boats. It all comes down to the faithful few to get their hands dirty. The glory comes when they get to show their pride and joy to lesser mortals during the Summer.

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If it ain't broke don't fix it!


Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 01 October 2009 at 8:13pm
Yes, as you say Richard, lots of hard work in the cold winter months, Medway Queen always "chose" them to sink! problem now solved with brand new hull though.
 
Johnk


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 05 November 2009 at 10:17am
Hi all
 
Well I take weve  done all our jobs ready for the hardest winter to come.... ha ha
Ive just finished painting the final part on my cabin, had to put a new roof on! hopefully this will last a few more seasons... Ive also serviced my second engine new injetors, turbo reconditioned new fuel pump turbo bellows, just need to plumb her up and turn the key! should be in the next few weeks. well before xmas....  then we ll have two engines going hoorah!
 
Ive got a few days off soon and was thinking of planning a trip (by car) to Portsmouth to see the new home...  would be nice to meet any one there to see what its all about...
 
Many thanks
 
Paul
 

 



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Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 05 November 2009 at 2:06pm
Sounds like you have been busy Paul with your engines there and other jobs, if you go to Portsmouth to Gun Wharf Quays marina which I think is quite near by, you will see HSL 102 and MGB 81 berthed there, recently arrived, if you were a member of BMPT you should have had a membership ticket for the PNBPT group, if not of course you won't, but if so will get concessions on entry.
 
Johnk


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 11 March 2010 at 5:53pm
Hi all

Had some bad news the other day I was on my boat the other sunday and things were looking good.... when I thought that I would go off and do a bit of shopping.... well... I did notice that my front was slightly coming out so pushed that back in and off I went, only to have a call later to say that my boat had slipped her moorings hit a few things on her unaided trip down river and was now on the local weir!  After numerous attemps to get her free she was left till a few days later when the river had slowed down ( which was on RED boards at the time) and thus we managed to get her off.....  Im now a non proud owner of an extera three holes in her bow! yes not happy but now trying to get her fixed but all the yards on the Thames are busy due to this years Dunkirk......  Ill try and put some photo's  up  but have probs with phone but will try....    I will not be beaten!  Angry


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 11 March 2010 at 6:15pm
Hi there,
 
I am sure with every one on the forum very sorry to hear about this, what a total b.....gger, glad of course you managed to retrieve her, can only imagine what it has done to the interior, fit out and engines, really sorry and I do hope you can recover.
 
Johnk


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 12 March 2010 at 9:35am
Hi

Cheers   I was talking to "Dennetts" on the Thames last nite and he reckons its going to bite me at about 2000....  I'll keep you up to date as things happen  


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Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 12 March 2010 at 6:46pm
Ouch! Sorry to hear this paul.

hope all will be ok and the repairs are sorted asap.

TTFN.


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 02 June 2010 at 4:22pm
Any news Paul?
 
Hope she is well and yourself.


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 02 June 2010 at 9:36pm
Hello....Smile

Nice to hear from you.... have you sold White Lady? shame if you haveCry
Yes I have got repairs done cost me best part of 3000 but was good to get her out as a few of her copper sheets had popped...  need a new or second hand rudder if you know of one? plus a nice power wash down! Agood job by Dennets of Laleham took a week to repair  I have photos I will try to down load  but dont hold your breath.....  On a second note second engine coming close to start up!  this will get the Pimms out! if you are passing pop in....

Best wishes

Paul


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 06 June 2010 at 5:59pm
Hi Paul, we have sold White Lady. We now have a fibreglass motor cruise, once she (and us)are up to the voyage we may pop down and see you again.


Cheers,

Scott & Kerry


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 19 June 2010 at 8:33pm
Hi there,
 
Yes, I can understand of course, but great that you had her and looked after her for the time of your ownership, happy days with the new boat, as ever, if ever, looking to journey up the Medway, give Chatham Marina a call,
 
 
Johnk


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 20 June 2010 at 10:25am
Hi thanks for your interest....
 
Yes was planning a trip to Chatham later this year but the unexpected trip down the Thames has set things back a bit, but if I cant make it I just might come down by road I'll let you know before hand.....  Also planning (by road) a trip to your Portsmouth base send an e-mail to Brain Patterson to see "Green Parrot"
 
I'm trying to up load photo's from my computer but i'm not the best at this thing....  if I work it out I'll post a few up....
 
I've been following your new purchases of MGB 81 & 102 good to see that they've got a good home
 
Cheers Paul


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 22 June 2010 at 12:47am
paul if you email me at s.snowling (@) gmail.com I will post pics up for you.


Cheers


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Pioneer
Date Posted: 22 June 2010 at 7:21pm
Just a gentle reminder - It is not wise to put your e-mail address into 'open' posts you may be hit with unwanted spammers (or worse). It is suggested that you send a Private Message (PM) - to who ever - they are a secure way to divulge that kind of info.

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Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 22 June 2010 at 10:55pm
Hi

as a webmaster and rnli press officer that email adress is already a easy target but thanks for warning post.

cheers


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 07 November 2010 at 11:00am
Hi all  Just a small update....  Well the major repairs are now done and ive managed to repaint totally one side of my boat in the final top coat Smile the other side is rubbed down in under coat but again the weather has won....  The rear tramson has also been repaired, while she was out for repairs.  We got carried away the other day and had a fantanistic trip down river to Tilbury from Teddington and yes on ONE engine! and no problems! Smile  As we turned about at Tilbury the weather changed and we were faced with oncoming wind the waves were of concern... but Nuthatch cut through...  I was set at ease....   Also I have managed to fire up my second engine.... but alas it was like a steam engine! think I have at least one piston with ring problems so its head and sump off and renew all the ringsUnhappy  at least its warm in the engine room.....
 
Im still having problems with photos thanks for offer whitelady I'll try to send you somthing!!!!!


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 30 November 2010 at 4:17pm
Hi all
 
Had a fantastic trip the other day to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard namely Shed 4. A big thanks to Brian Patterson and all who work down there for their hospitality.  I went down there to see 'Green Parrot' a 45' MSPB of which my boat would of looked like when she was operational.... I took lots of photos. it was great to see how things were. Again thanks.....
 
Just another update on my on going engine problems, I took off the second engine's head to find that No.3 piston was shot! along with the cylinder liner.... it looks like a valve had dropped and had a good time flying arond the cylinder.... the head was in excellent condition (a good repair from the previous owner).....  Big%20smile


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Posted By: Hops
Date Posted: 15 February 2011 at 10:54am
Hi all thought I'd post a small up date of whats been happening so far.....  Well I've managed to jack the engine and remove the sump. remove all the pistons the chewed one took nearly an hour to remove it didnt what to come out!!!!  but out it came.... new rings fitted and ready to go back in. Im just waiting for a piston liner removal tool to be made up so I can remove the old chewed up liner then its put it all back together and fire it up.... hoorah!!!!!


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 18 September 2011 at 12:33pm
Hi all just another update....
 
Well things have progressed, the 2nd engine has now been fired up! and sounds like a dream and yes no steam engine effects out of the rocker cover box!!!!!  went to cheat on the adjustment of the rockers thought that id warm up the engine before retorquing down the  head, then adjust the rockers.... there is 12 to play with! but no its was so lumpy that I thought I had a blocked injector! so i had to adjust them.  And low and behold it was the very last one that was miles out!  Adjusted and fired back up ran like a dream money well spent..... ops (all I know was that zero's were involved). ive got a little leak on the water pump pipe that goes to the 1st intercooler, but its 28mm cooper pipe! and I need to bend it to nearly 90* just cant get a bender..... So all that is needed now is a gearbox a Borg Warner 73c and off we go! at long last.
 
Oh went on the Mayor's River Festival on the 9th September lots of boats went from Battersea bridge down to Tower, a really great day, but not that many Historic boats?  Maybe next years Queens Pagent could be more involved? would be nice to see......
 
Well I really hate to say this, but think its time to get ready for the cold, time for engine room jobs, i've put a whole new side to the wheel house with new windows and relaid the rear deck water was getting in when it rained!
 
 bye for now
 
Hops


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Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 27 September 2011 at 8:38am
Hi Paul,
 
Great to see the update, yes hopefully the Queen's pagent will see some more historic ships, the 9th was a rehersal I think, so we shall see, many thanks,
 
Johnk


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 31 January 2012 at 6:10pm
Hi all Big%20smile%20...%20Shift+R%20improves%20the%20quality%20of%20this%20image.%20CTRL+F5%20reloads%20the%20whole%20page.
 
Hope it been a good Xmas and New Year..... Just a little update on my little ship of big money ha! Well 2nd engine running like a dream just little snags like little water leaks etc. but now we have a new gearbox fitted! was going for a Borg Warner 73c  but would of had better luck on the lottery.... so managed to get a PRM 750 which weighs a bloody ton! and took 2 of us with ropes jacks and wooden blocks to get the said beasty down into the engine room! eventually we got it fitted to the engine fired her up to see which way was forward.... so the next step is to measure up for the intermedate shaft.  so seeing as its rather cold outside I'm fixing cables and wiring to have her running from the helm, she does sound good though with both engines running Big%20smile%20...%20Shift+R%20improves%20the%20quality%20of%20this%20image.%20CTRL+F5%20reloads%20the%20whole%20page.
 
Oh didnt make the QDJP later in the year but good luck for those that are going and no doubt see most of all on the river.....
 
 


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Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 27 March 2012 at 12:06pm

Good to hear things progressing I've just seen on the Heritage ships listing that my old boat is progressing too!

 
http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ships_register.php?action=ship&id=2134 - http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ships_register.php?action=ship&id=2134


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Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 27 March 2012 at 1:16pm
Hi there,
 
Great to hear from you, interesting shot of the side planking being replaced,
 
Johnk


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 09 April 2012 at 10:42am
Hi whitelady good to hear from you  Some good photos the planking one looks most interesting..... that must of hurt!  last time we spoke I thought that you said you were selling your foating money eating machine? Its hard to let go.... keep up the good work summers coming so time to enjoy the labours!!!!
 
I jumped in the river last week and put my second shaft in with prop! yes it was a tad on the cold side.... just got to lower the engine back onto her bearers take a meaurement and get the intermediate shaft made up and away we go! so hopefully end of the month..... might even take a trip down towards you?....
 
Ive got a few photos but im not that good at getting them up on this website it doesnt like my format I think?
 
what are your plans now?
 
Good seas Nuthatch....


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Whitelady
Date Posted: 24 April 2012 at 11:19pm
I did sell it paul.


as I said I've noticed on the net that the new owner is making progress with it.


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You don't own a boat, a boat owns you.


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 08 June 2012 at 1:35pm
Hi all just another update,
 
Things are going well, 2nd engine working good,  shaft fitted and all ancillarys connected.  So all that was needed was a test run, and guess wot the day things were up and running it was Red Boards on the river! Which took about 3 weeks to come down.  But there is good news as we did do some sea trials (ops river trials).  what a difference....  she handles completly different.  No surprise there then...
 
So now its off to more challenging roles,  one of which will be a trip to Chatham Historic Dockyard.  I'll let you know nearer the time when we plan the raid.... ha
 
I now have more time on my hands so will sit down and try to work out how to upload photo's to this site as I now have a few.....
 
I've been following the work on the Green Parrot in Shed 4 down in Portsmouth, great work on what is happening down there, it ill be nice to see her back in the water....
 
Bye for now as I have to go to work to earn more funds for the next project....
 
Paul c/o HMS Nuthatch


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Paul Hopley


Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 09 September 2012 at 9:21am


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Posted By: Nuthatch
Date Posted: 09 September 2012 at 9:45am
Hi all just small one how do you up load photo's? i'm not the best with computers but can't seem to do it?  I know the size but cant seem to make  my photo's fit.  I'm using windows photo editor from my photo's......   It seems easier to have a web link?

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