Was a yearly job on the paddlers, went on until 1966 when the last old feller went to the great scrapyard in the sky, Radius Rods about 12 feet long, bored approx 10 inches each end, Tufnell, as it was then, had to be replaced every year or before if the Paddler ran over dunnage or a floating railway type sleeper. They were coal fired ( before my time honestly) and later converted to oil. Used during WW2 over here, as tugs, tripping boats, cross channel,salvage among other usages. I have had a hard marine engineering life but I am not really 104 years old it's really just because I have had a hard life that I might appear that way? Having been done out of Martins Stomper of the decade medal I now move onto T.T.T.T.? Can this one be solved? Remember the vernier height gauges were in proper measurements ie inches, not Mickey Mouse jobbies, ie m.m. as we over here appear to be forced to adapt now.
Remembering The Good Old days, when Chiefs stood watches and all Torque settings were F.T.