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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #50 on: October 05, 2011, 12:23:16 am »

Bryan,
I think that my post has fallen foul of the PC police.  <*<
The common usage of the word for the waste product of a furnace cannot now be used.  >>:-(
You are correct in what you say about our childhoods, even though mine was in the 50s and 60s.
Playing around heavy industry, and then there was the scrapyards with old engines and pre war cars.
The worst injury I sustained was a grazed knee, none of my mates ever hurt themselves because we used common sense.
The death's and serious injuries came when we were old enough to legally ride bikes
But that's another story.  :((
Regards
Richard  :-))


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« Reply #51 on: October 05, 2011, 09:04:32 am »

Talking about sights and smells of childhood, along with your excellent pictures of when the Tyne was alive, stuck in my brain is the smell wafting up from the engine room on the Shields Ferries and the cocktail of mysterious odors coming from the shipyards appearing in your pictures  %)

Thoroughly enjoying your collection Bryan, thank you

Mike
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« Reply #52 on: October 05, 2011, 11:51:57 am »

The last 3 (of 8) here are of interest. Didn't realise that Smiths were gluing 2 ship halves together back in the early 1920s.
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« Reply #53 on: October 05, 2011, 12:43:36 pm »

There's an excellent artice about wahling in this issue.
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« Reply #54 on: October 05, 2011, 01:06:32 pm »

And these are the last ones of the 1st half of vol.2! Another couple of days wearing out the scanner beckon.
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« Reply #55 on: October 07, 2011, 11:25:24 am »

So, here we go again. Just 4 for starters...but the next lot are interesting.
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« Reply #56 on: October 07, 2011, 12:07:56 pm »

This ship certainly keeps up the BI "family likeness"...a bit like a larger and more modern version of my "Baroda". The interest (to me) lies in the details. Things like a fan situated above the pillows of each bunk, the narrowness and ventilation in the alleyway. Even the water tanks hold some interest for a modeller.
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« Reply #57 on: October 07, 2011, 12:25:58 pm »


I can't work out what this is or what's going on, can anyone enlighten me please???


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« Reply #58 on: October 07, 2011, 01:24:53 pm »

Martin, it was a baby whale with 2 functioning heads and 2 blowholes. I would have printed out a fuller description of it, but the print would have been all but unreadable on the forum. I suggest you get the discs and read all about it! Bryan.
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« Reply #59 on: October 07, 2011, 01:41:34 pm »

Two "observations" here. The first being that this entire volume contains a long and rambling serialised story named "The Shipwreck Of St. Paul". Easy enough to gloss over when browsing the pages, but it was a pretty boring task to scan it. So it doesn't really detract from the rest of the volume. Right at the end of the years issues the authors were credited. Thet were "The Smith Twins"..and guess what. They were Directors of Smiths Docks. So no change there then. Right at the start of all this I did wonder if there was a religious aspect to the way the companys workers were "educated" and "looked after". Seems I was right.
Secondly, I've never heard of a "Star Contra Rudder". I note that at least part of the rudder extends forward of the rudder post but I can't tell if that bit operates seperately from the main body. Any engineers to educate me?
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« Reply #60 on: October 07, 2011, 01:45:50 pm »

Another thing about the rudder photos....does my eye decieve me or is that an early variable pitch prop? Bryan.
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« Reply #61 on: October 07, 2011, 02:18:05 pm »

Another "quickie" before more Heavy Lift ships.
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« Reply #62 on: October 07, 2011, 02:54:38 pm »

Ships and railway locomotives do not a happy combination make. Nor do Battle tanks come to think of it.
The first thing with locos is that they can't be just plonked down the hold or onto the deck. "Proper" railway tracks have to be fitted to the ship for the locos to sit on. Time consuming and a job all on its own. Also each loco has to be well secured before the next one is loaded. A lengthy task. This is because when a heavy thing like a loco is lifted off the quayside the ship can take an alarming list. This could easily resuly in an unsecured loco falling over on to its side. Embarrassing, to say the least. I did once see a loco break loose (a very large American steam job) than just rammed itself through a bulkhead...and that was in the sheltered waters of the St. Lawrence, so imagine what constant care was needed taking the things across the Atlantic. 24 hours a day a team would go around just tightening up the lashings.
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« Reply #63 on: October 07, 2011, 05:01:46 pm »

In the Smiths Journal the following pics are just an adjunct to photos depicting the various stages building the "new" Tyne Bridge.
Although Smiths Docks was much closer to the river mouth, Armstrongs yard was so far up the river that it was well upriver from the swing bridge. The river then was wide enough and deep enough for all major warships to be built "up there". Pretty much silted up now.
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« Reply #64 on: October 08, 2011, 11:44:07 am »

Any idea who owned the "Stella Polaris"?
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« Reply #65 on: October 08, 2011, 12:05:26 pm »

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« Reply #66 on: October 08, 2011, 01:00:55 pm »

Conversion of a passenger liner into a whale factory ship.
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« Reply #67 on: October 08, 2011, 01:19:59 pm »

Whaling cont'd.
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« Reply #68 on: October 08, 2011, 02:22:36 pm »

Until I'm entrusted with further Smiths Journals this is the last entry. I hope you've enjoyed at least some of the photos. BY.
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« Reply #69 on: October 08, 2011, 04:33:52 pm »

Bryan
They are a record of a proud time for the North East Ship Builders
May they entrust you with many more journals to share with us

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« Reply #70 on: October 08, 2011, 05:13:50 pm »

Thanks Ned. Hope you enjoy the current postings as much. Regards. Bryan.
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« Reply #71 on: October 09, 2011, 05:28:16 pm »

Enjoyed them all Bryan,
no matter what we think of whaling today,
in the past it was a world wide industry that helped oil the industrial revolution.
Before gas and electricity whale oil provided the light for the early factories until kerosene was developed  in 1846.
Regards
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« Reply #72 on: October 11, 2011, 03:46:30 pm »

Hello

http://www.cruiseshipodyssey.com/stelpolaris.htm

Xtian
Sorry Xtian. I somehow missed your post. Nice to know what became of her. Thank you. Bryan.
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« Reply #73 on: October 11, 2011, 11:18:36 pm »

great pictures bryan thank you very much
be careful with that eye of yours


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« Reply #74 on: October 12, 2011, 12:13:53 pm »

great pictures bryan thank you very much
be careful with that eye of yours


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Thanks for that. But I'm afraid that medical science hasn't found a cure yet, so it would seem that a slow degeneration is the best I can hope for. BY.
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