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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Old time vessels on: August 28, 2014, 02:17:52 pm
Yep I remember, the seams had to point aft (like the wedges)so they couldnt be damaged by the oncoming sea. Those were great old days, no one will ever experience those times again, we did. I was on a stack of old ships, including 4 chieftain class, the Barwon, the Minkara and a heaps of other old timers, I am glad I was.

I am like you I experienced all that old time history, tarps and batons, beams, span and chain gear, ratchet gear, climbing aloft clamping and lowering the derricks out of their crutches. We spent days once rigging the jumbo to set it up to lift Le Torneau westinghouse trucks onto the hatches to take them to Rapid Bay for the mines.

Before that we dropped all the blocks including the gin blocks and took them all apart cleaned and overhauled them, put them back up rigged for the guys etc for to lift those heavy trucks. It wasn't so good at the time but I remember all that stuff. What a fantastic time period of our lives.

The young guys today wouldn't know what we were talking about doing all that stuff...we wouldn't have missed it all for quids, amazing times eh, hats when sailors were sailors.

Cheers and all the best

2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: COPYRIGHT on: June 02, 2012, 08:49:34 am
Thanks Mr Dot and Robert, I dont mind who takes my pics, but I know some people like to at least to be recognized for their efforts, its not a nice thing to do. I know my late fathers pics are posted all over the net without permission, I dont think he'd be happy about it if he was still around.

Cheers and GB

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Restoration of old photos on: February 26, 2012, 01:02:38 pm
Hi Robbie, an answer could vary, it all depends on the condition and state the old photo is in, a quick one for me could be a half hour or so ( am talking about old, photos with marks, scratches, faded area's etc.)

Those that are relatively free of a lot of those thing I have mentioned wouldnt take long but some, I have spent days on. I keep going back, remove a little bit more at a time to allow the true image to appear. It all depends on whether one enjoys it or not. If I can do four a day I am happy, thats my average. I have to save time for other things.

Thats my answer Robbie plus, use a good program like Adobe, Picasa, or some of the others and learn how to use their tools, if you do that makes it a lot quicker, for instance if an area is severely marked, you can copy from another area and merge it in with the bad section and that saves a lot of time but, if your working in the area of the rigging with marks spread all over the place one has to just plod along, doing tiny sections at a time. I am retired so I dont have many problems with the time angle except if I am on too long, the wife can let me know about it lolol

Cheers and GB

4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ship hits bridge on: February 11, 2012, 07:54:19 am
I had one exemption also, for the Port River at Port Adelaide South Australia and its environs.

Cheers and GB

5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: COPYRIGHT on: February 07, 2012, 02:57:10 am
Thanks for your positive comments Chris, if I had to look at box boats or flush deck tankers all day long I dont think I would be here but thanks to the the people behind the scenes and the wonderful diverse membership we are presented with an awesome collection of pics and posts from all era's and times.

Every one should be congratulated for making the forum what it is, a fantastic place to be a part of. I have only one thing to say in regards to older posts being labelled ancient. I must be ancient too, I sailed on a working vessel (not a museum piece) that was built in 1895, another one that was built in 1919 and still another from 1921. I worked on these so they were a reality for me. Most people are interested in maritime history and I am one of them. We got to where we are today through the evolution of these old vessels.

To bring the point home more, I sailed on 5 vessels, old steamers that were built before the second world war and at the beginning. Three of them came under attack during the dark days of ww2 so I gather from that according to one particular persons comments that I am ancient too, hahaha, thats just too unbelievable to merit comment  lol.

I love all the ship posts, I lean more towards the older vessels because I was a career seaman and I sailed on a lot of ships of that vintage. I love seeing what Chris Howell posts, along with Malcolm Cranfield, Doctor Onions and a few others whose names dont readily come to mind so, keep posting them guys, they are fantastic photo's of a time a long time ago. The majority of the comments are in the affirmative for the old ships so that speaks for itself, no more comments needed. Top stuff.

Cheers and GB

6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Looking for three ships on: March 20, 2011, 03:29:06 am
Hi folks,

I am looking for reasonable photos of three ships my father sailed in, all during the war years, the Munmorah, the Alagna and the Moamoa. I have the Moamoa as the Saiburi but I would like to try and find them as they originally were. I have a couple of hazy photo's. I think they were all built in the UK.

Thanks guys, much appreciation


7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Old time vessels on: December 16, 2010, 04:50:58 am
Hi folks, just to note to say I am really enjoying the number of older vessels being posted at the moment. My father went to sea in 1940 right up until 1981 with his last ship being the Howard Smith vessel the "Macedon"...he was there 17 years, I spent two of those years with him aboard her. He collected ship artefacts for years and when he passed away last year he left them all with my brother Woz and I. It seems to have grown on us both so its good to be able to post up a part of his collection of old war time, pre war and later day ships dad left behind.

My first love are for the real oldies, I love sharing pics with whoever and whats more, I was extremely lucky to have spent some time on them (old ships) also, some namely being the old Iron Monarch, Iron Duke, Iron Baron, Barwon etc...very heavy jobs, hatch boards weighed a ton, tarps too, one on the wood, two on top...a forest full of sticks, the old guys would know what I mean.

Stripping hatches on arrival etc was no problem, the home porters couldn't get ashore quick enough...squaring up to prepare for sea was though.  Especially when a majority of the crew was full of turps, so very frustrating, all debating the best way to do things lol, sheesh those were the days!

Anyway, back to the site...been a great influx of vintage ships of late and I am really enjoying them. Keep it up guys.

Cheers and GB

8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Absent for a while on: December 02, 2010, 04:08:48 pm
Hi folks, just a note to let everyone know that I will be away from home for the next few months, I am down south at my daughters in Adealide Sth Australia and wont be able to post much on this old clunker I have here but we will be shopping for a new tower for my daughter soon so there's a chance I may still be able to post once that is achieved.

I have brought my external hard drive with me just in case so if I can get organised I will get back into restoring old photographs and begin posting again, till then I will gratefully enjoy looking at all those beautiful pics you guys have been posting.

In the mean time, I wish you all the best, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Cheers and God Bless

9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CHRIS HOWELL Album on: February 13, 2010, 05:47:03 am
It was refreshing to what you said Chris, about anyone can use your photos for personal or private use. If I do use one of yours mate I will always say who it came from and your name or site as a mark of respect...and I thank you for the great collection u post. I have a number of photo's from my fathers collection and they are for anyones use. My father had them for years, mostly ships from Australia and New Zealand and he gave them to my brother and i just before he passed away in 2009. I have posted some on here under the name of Gordy but have been posting in another forum.

Keep the photos coming Chris u have a fantastic collection, mine consist of lots of old Australian and NZ vessels early last century etc.

Cheers and GB

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