In 2019 we will mark the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the first oceangoing container ship, the Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) 27,000 gross ton, 1,900 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu) capacity Encounter Bay to the Australian coast.
When I started work at Low Walker, a Newcastle on Tyne engineering company which was located right next to the river, I recognised the remains of the launch ways of a former shipyard which were protruding out into the river, but were only visible at low water.
In less than a century since Jules Verne’s mythical Nautilus had sailed its twenty thousand leagues under the sea, the American nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus had made the dream a reality.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding over ship tonnage. Too often we read that such-and-such a ship, ‘weighed in at 80,000 gross tons’. Where the writer realises that gross tonnage is a measure of enclosed space and not of weight, it may still be written simply as, ‘80,000 gross tons. What’s…Read More
Looking south from the garden of Rear Admiral Tom Bradbury’s house, set high on the Weald at Dallington near Heathfield in East Sussex, you can see a blue ribbon of the English Channel on the horizon.
I am told that my passion for ships began when about two years old, whilst perched in a homemade infant seat on the back of a Great Uncle’s ancient bicycle and apparently observing departure preparations from Ayr’s South Harbour of a Clyde Steamer bound for the Isle of Arran. Read More