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farrow

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Another old ship on its final voyage
« on: November 07, 2007, 10:09:24 PM »

Definitely at Pompey, I expect some one will identify the flat top. After 1976, because Rollicker is now in RMAS colours.
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007, 10:13:31 PM »

2 x "R" Class a TUTT and a Dog, must have taken some moving then!!

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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2007, 10:52:03 PM »

Could be Albion or Bulwark at a guess
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2007, 11:04:48 PM »

Yes, the mast arrangement does seem to suggest that.
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2007, 08:40:22 AM »

It's after 1981, thats when the Bustler was bulit
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2007, 02:29:33 PM »

It must be HMS Bulwark, she was towed from Portsmouth on the 10th of April 1981 to the breakers, so if what capt jack says about Bustler is correct, it would fit. Albion was stricken in 1972........Smudge. :'( :'(
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2007, 02:39:24 PM »

I found the dates for the Bustler here

www.tugphotos.co.uk/pages/bustler.htm
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2007, 03:21:04 PM »

Bulwark wasnt towed to the breakers until after the 1982 Falklands war i'm afraid. There is a detailed report online on some of the Military Net sites that show the findings of the emergency inspection team that went through her to see if she could be rapidly put back to sea incase we lost a carrier. She was moved to a mooring before the war so thats maybe where the 1981 date comes from.
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2007, 03:37:39 PM »

Bulwalk left Portsmouth on the 10 April 1981 for the scrapyard.

I got this info from this site.

                                     www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_bulwalk.htm
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2007, 08:09:29 PM »

She was towed to Cairnryan for scrapping in 1981, but work did not start untill 17th April 1984. There was a plan to reactivate her in 82, but with the major fire and general deterioration it proved to be unworkable. This info came from a 'Rusty B' old boy, who is a bit of an anchor face, so it could be cosher.......Smudge O0
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2007, 07:32:41 AM »

Bulwark was broken up in '84.

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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2010, 07:10:20 AM »

It is indeed the Bulwark being towed out of Portmouth bound for Cairn Ryan.  I was a junior officer on the Robust.  The Robust and Rollicker did a double headed tow around the south coast and up the North Sea.  Jerry Nicholls was the towing master who was my skipper on the Robust.  It was an uneventful tow accept that we missed the tide at Cairn Ryan and has to loiter off the Irish coast for about 11 hours to wait for the next one.  Albert Hannon, I think he was called, was a retired Admiralty Pilot who was contracted to pilot the whole shebang into harbour which he did, again without incident.  Fellow officers on the bridge of the Robust were Doug Turner and Jim Richmond.
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2010, 08:38:47 AM »

Up the Irish Sea methinks. North Sea is the long way round {-)
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Re: Another old ship on its final voyage
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2010, 10:18:00 PM »

Hi Kevin,
Nice to see you on this site, as an old Admiralty Pilot and tugmaster we should all get some interesting info from you.
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