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George Ted
09-13-2015, 09:46
a look back at when Grimsby was Great ....and when it wasn't so great !!


10-11-2015, 16:26
...and a bit further back?
As I remember, they were eight in number of the same design... Northern Duke, Foam, Gem, Pride, Sky, Spray, Sun and Wave -- designed, built and engined in the mid-30s by Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau Aktiengesellschaft in Seebeck, Wesermünde as ‘Reparations Ships’ in compensation for UK fleet losses in the 14-18 War.

If you were a deckie-learner shipping in one of those vessels, you’d know all that for recitation, just as you could recite the 64 compass points when ‘boxing the compass’.

It might be worth adding the vessels’ principal dimensions, linear and mechanical:

188 x 28 x 15½ feet; triple-expansion steam [of course!]: 15, 24, 40 x 26 inches --
all in ‘REAL’ units... none o’ this ‘modern’ metrication business and not all THAT big if you consider they fished White [Bering] Sea, Bear Island, Spitzbergen and Newfoundland Banks!

While I’m remembering, the vessels were also fitted with an exhaust steam turbine with hydraulic shafr-coupling that continued to find handsome application in the later-built fleet of ‘Guardsman’ vessels for ‘Northern’, such as the Coldstreamer and the Lifeguard. Shipping in the Lifeguard revealed to me that such an add-on gave the vessel an extra knot at ‘full blow’.

Real [once-] WORKING steam again, Eh...!?

10-15-2015, 15:41
...and not so great AGAIN, eh?
O my DOG! NE£incs Council has noticed the M.T. Ross Tiger! Does this mean scuttling -- or scrapping?
Two down, one to go:

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O no! ‘The Grimsby Telegraph’ reports it’s “A PLAN” to raise £3M to ‘save’ the vessel:
£3m expansion plan could save Grimsby's iconic Ross Tiger
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: October 15, 2015

The account concludes:
“The Esther was bought by North East Lincolnshire Council 12 years ago for £20,000 for preservation.”

RUBBISH! A check on the THEN local journal of record will reveal that the ESTHER arrived almost 20 years ago:
“The smack is a member of the National Historic Fleet of 155 vessels of pre-eminent importance in the UK's maritime history, including ships such as the Cutty Sark and the [- sic!] HMS Belfast”...
... as was the p.s. LINCOLN CASTLE -- one of a kind and NOT a sister-ship of the p.ss. TATTERSHALL AND WINGFIELD CASTLES.

Read on at:
< http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/3m-expansion-plan-save-Grimsby-s-iconic-Ross/story-27985938-detail/story.html >

...and have your say.
Anybody going to tell them that “underway” is two words -- especially in a maritime context!?

11-21-2015, 18:17
While seeking pics from various storage-drives for the recent thread ‘The most dangerous job in the UK’...
came across this composite, that fits admirably here in this thread, I thought:
That engine design might look familar to steamship aficionados?

Makers: Victor Coates & Co., Belfast - 1905
Engine spec -
As you'll see, triple-expansion steam:
13", 18" 32" x 36".
It ran at 96 r.p.m. and produced 500 h.p.

I believe that Dixon’s Paper Mill [of Dixcel fame... and much newsprint and other wrapping paper] operated a similar engine, in its time.

In the Grimsby locale? Guess what happened to them!

Yrs aye...

12-17-2015, 16:27
...and a further look back via the BBC's 'Coast' documentary-crew:

From today's Freeview listings:
An account that covers much of interest to us all -- particularly Grimsby's Icehouse and its Dock Tower, with forays into car carrying by sea [plus dealing with them in port] and building ships on the Clyde...

Not totally correct when it visits Grimsby, but it's worth the watching -- a good show for those who "do like to be beside the sea..:"

Today on YESTERDAY @ 7:00pm on YESTERDAY
Series 8, Episode 2: The Workers' Coast
Coast is on a journey to celebrate the stories of the workers from around our shores. From foundry men who burnished the secrets of our sea power, to the super-star performers who wowed the crowds in Edwardian resorts, these are tales of the hard grafters who made Britain great. Nick Crane tells the tale of an abandoned refrigeration plant [Grimsby Ice House] whose workers kept Britain's biggest fishing fleet afloat. And Nick joins a crack team of drivers on a race against time to precision park hundreds of new British-built cars aboard a huge purpose-built car-transporter. Neil Oliver relives a remarkable tale: when thousands of shipyard workers on the river Clyde fought job losses, not by walking out on strike, but by working in. Tessa Dunlop reveals the secret of the Royal Navy's sea power: the ability to manufacture super-smooth and perfectly round cannonballs. Ken Dodd joins Ian McMillan to celebrate the entertainers who worked so hard to get laughs from the holidaymakers of Blackpool in its heyday...