GCYZ said:
Sadly there has not been an RNR MCMV on the mersey since 1993.

I do remember the boat being out one year having failed it's MOT so we jumped on a HERKY BIRD and flew out the inflight service was crap. And that trailer hanging out the back ramp made the place a wee bit draughty. At least on board you got a brew!


War Hero
GCYZ said:
Sadly there has not been an RNR MCMV on the mersey since 1993.

If anyone had left a MCMV parked up at Liverpool by the time the crew had come back it would have been up on bricks anyway.


War Hero

Passengers hit as minehunters unearth bomb
HUNDREDS of ferry and rail passengers were stranded today (Tuesday) after the Royal Navy found a huge Second World War bomb in the River Mersey.
The 1,000lb German device was unearthed during route survey work last night by the Portsmouth-based minehunters HMS Atherstone and HMS Walney.

A 200m exclusion zone was thrown around the scene off Birkenhead as navy bomb disposal divers from Faslane prepared to carry out a controlled explosion.

Lieutenant Commander Richard Pethybridge, Atherstone's captain, said: 'Of all the mines planted on the seabed during World War Two, only 25 per cent have ever been discovered.'


War Hero
You forgot to include the fact that the scouser's had [for once] a genuine reason to bunk off work. :lol:

Standing by for a thumping from our liverpudlian friends for that one - assuming you can find me.


Lantern Swinger
A little while ago the good ship Ribble was tired and shagged out because she had been worked hard every week-end, with none off, by no less than four crews of Scousers. (Could any other STC produce that many?) Then the assorted rable of City Toffs and Cockney Freeloaders from a republican establisment by the Tower left the good ship Humber on the Mersey. The Scousers siezed her with glee assuming she was as good as new and hardly used. Trouble was below decks she was crabby as a light blue suit. So the Scousers, in their disapointment gave up going to sea. With out the Scousers the rest of the 10th Sqn lost all interest too. So they all gave up. That is why the RNR no longer go to sea in their own ships. Honest La! Would a Scouser lie to you all?


War Hero
ref : da bomb
it was conected to the rnr in a way. It was one of our officers who discovered it and halted the mersey ferry.... F/Fox


Lantern Swinger
Spent many a happy hour on the RNR boats in the eighties/nineties strapping accelerometers on their splitter gearboxes.

Damn things kept going "tits up" at the most inconvenient moments and we were trying to find out why. The vibration was always horrendous on these gears there was no wonder they kept blowing up.
Maybe thats why they stopped going to sea eventually. Without the splitter box they couldn't play at sweeper !


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CheefTiff said:
Damn things kept going "tits up" at the most inconvenient moments and we were trying to find out why.

Spent a very stressful morning on the Carron once as a result of her gear-box going Tango Uniform in impressive style. As the LRO(T) I was part of the SSFP and can remember the Minerva alarm going off after we'd felt (rather then heard) the box distributing itself round the engine room. At this point, training took over and the next thing I knew was being at the entrance to the engine room wearing BA with a fire hose in hand. Thankfully the MEM who'd been standing next to it when it went Bang had managed to extinguish the fire with AFFF and we were stood down. That afternoon we had our staff covered fire exercise which in all honesty was a complete clusterfcuk - something to do with not displaying the necessary urgency (we'd used up our daily ration in the forenoon!).


Lantern Swinger
Yup Flagwagger.

They did tend to fail in a spectacular way. Have stood next to at least three when they finally wrapped their claw in. Comes of having to vibrate the damn things rather frequently when testing. Usually the PTO clutch would explode and pepper the whole ER in bits. Could be quite exciting especially if it also caught fire which it often did.

Turned out to be a design flaw with the cheap and nasty splitter gearbox whose casings weren't thick enough and used to flex under load. Not a good idea on a gearbox !

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