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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.  


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It 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.


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There 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!

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