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Oriana Drydock 1980
These great photos of the beautiful "Big O" were taken by Nigel Whittaker but he fails to mention where it was.
Peter Crump writes;
Nigel's photos of Oriana in drydock were taken in Southampton. The KGV dock is now permanently flooded and used as berth space. Crumpy.
was decided to change the props. They were designed for a high speed
liner with a speed in excess of 30 knots. Fuel was becoming expensive
(sound familiar!). The 32 ton props were replaced with smaller more
efficient ones. Payback was about a year. This series shows trying to
get the nut off, drawing the tail shaft, putting the new ones on
and cutting up the old ones.
was a small fire in the stb stabiliser box. Standard procedure with a
fire on a ship in drydock is to call the emergency services. All hell
broke loose, we could hear sirens approaching from all directions. I
have never seen so many emergency vehicles in one place. By the time
they arrived, which was only a few minutes the fire was out. The C/O
thinking on his feet, persuaded them to turn it into a training
exercise. Boundary cooling practise meant he got the shot-blasting
debris washed off for free!