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by Merlyn
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

Spoilt maybe with all these aircon NH3 or your invention Freeon control rooms temps. Just chosen my picture for my site, looks a bit suss though, looks like old MAN diesels in a U boat to me. Those handles you can see on each cyl, are they decompressors, can they really be hand start? Can this be wh...
by Merlyn
Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

Yes ,I remember the job would be given to the unpopular man of the moment or Mr Knowall, that would shut him up. As I said before in passing about that Tufnol smell when machining, Ebonite was ten times worst. No masks about then, it was like machining a tyre and burning it at the same time.
by Merlyn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

Just been digging out my old books re questions and answers for 2'nd's ticket in early sixties re Ebonite. Packing rings they call them, to be cut not at 90 degrees but at 60 degrees, very important the gap at the back of the ring/packing is correct to allow fluid to run round and push ring/ packing...
by Merlyn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

Used to have these on the Weir pumps used in the engineroom, boiler feed pumps had normally black Ebonite rings fitted not on the piston but in two machined slots in the parent bore of the bucket. Glued in it seemed, radiused over, if you had made them up they liked the final cut to be done with a i...
by Merlyn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

Never heard of your Timesaver stuff, must be akin to coarse grinding paste maybe. Sounds a bit of a life reducer for the crank and bearings. Did you ever get it all out? Know what you mean about the rings and the barrel wear factor to which you refer. I always thought those spring loaded oil control...
by Merlyn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T.

Well you must have missed out on all that lovely scrap money we used to get for the White metal back then, used to fetch good beer money. Yes, you are on the right track re expansion and indeed all of the T's refer to just that.
by Merlyn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:30 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T.

Turning on steam is a correct "T" no Tufnol in these fellas, although looking on their site online I am amazed to see what they make out of it now, beautiful cut little gears and other precision bits of kit, incredible! US metallic packing was on old up and downers, when the ship was in fo...
by Merlyn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

Dunno about that stock photo speech, a little bird told me you had them specially commissioned and it stands for Tall, Dark and Andsome? And I believed it. As I understand it you started out on an old up and downer like me, there were two ships and they both had US metallic packing? The fan engines ...
by Merlyn
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T.

And you JK
by Merlyn
Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T. And US metallic Packing

Well here I am again anchored off in the lee of Bum Island. Perhaps I am being a little premature but I find myself designing my Stomper Medal, hopefully of the decade and not just a yearly one. All things carefully considered I think it only fair that I ought to be presented with a fitting tribute ...
by Merlyn
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T.

P.S. A hair drier is a Gas Turbine of which there are a few about.
by Merlyn
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T.

Can't believe that no one out there who ever sailed on a steam turbine ship does'nt know what this means.You are very close with some of the wording and the kidney pads (called kidney because they were shaped that way) were indeed white metal facings like a clutch plate, the Curtiss wheels were the ...
by Merlyn
Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Anthem of the Seas
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: Anthem of the Seas

But what does T.D.A. Stand for then on the overall ?
by Merlyn
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: T.T.T.T.
Replies: 28
Views: 1998

Re: T.T.T.T.

Can't do 'em, never have done, it's the plus gas you see, but I am still awaiting for the dual answer? Finger nails getting low now.
by Merlyn
Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Can't Set Sail
Replies: 25
Views: 1909

Re: Can't Set Sail

Could'nt agree more, reliability of failure will occur at some point during its life of that you can be sure. Then the problem of the electronic cause versus the symptom displaced comes to the fore, fault cleared but cause still buried in the ECU awaiting to happen again perhaps. And not visible und...

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