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kane666

AND there is a twist? Crikey. Glad you persevered with it, must have done your head in multiple times.

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14 minutes ago, kane666 said:

AND there is a twist? Crikey. Glad you persevered with it, must have done your head in multiple times.

Yes a very simple one with explained where i had to send mail.

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Any mail I wanted posted to my home, were told to use next door address, her mother and housekeeper Noot.   When I where at the house and buying from Aliexpress or Lazada, packages expected to arrive not more than 2-3 days, I were told off, must not to use my address.

If you look back you will see my foot cut open, when taken to the local hospital Lek put as my address her mothers, next door??  I did not know this until the wife took me to the local hospital for treatment for some m/bike injuries.  The KTB ATM card I have costs 1,000 baht a year, but it covers me for m/bike accidents and injuries and i occasionally get injuries riding my bike . 

So after Stoner, Marquez and Rossi cut me up going into the Merobolla Chicane at 170mph, I got a tank slapper and thrown off, so the Thai Medical authorities had to cut my leathers off and treat my grazes, my PA announced I never cried once...........

Where were I??

My wife handed over my hospital ID and had it swiped (history) address were asked and wife found I were living next door, true address entered and 'Conflict' came up.  My ex friends wife had my home as her address, it made things a lot clearer and my wife said "That explains a lot about her properties (Lawyers search for ex friend), none of them were her Thai ID address, your home were her Thai ID address. 

To explain clearly, my home is built inside a walled, 1,000 sq yard plot of land, it has a 14,000 litre fishpond, gazebo with lighting and fan.  My w/shop is as big as some 2 bed bungalows back in the UK, I stopped a toilet being fitted, but, the kitchen units (work benches) were fitted with wall fans and lighting.  I wanted an exposed ceiling so I could store pipes between joist/rafters, I got a hung ceiling like you would a home????   Click, click, click, comprendi now.  Have a 2 car, carport that has my bikes under cover one side of a pillar, The whole area is tiled, except for the front lawn. 

The house is the nicest in the village, my ex friends wife professed love for me as "Pee Chai" (Big brother) and if I died she would sell and send money to my sons. 

Ye my erse she would

It became plain that because of my heavy drinking (Sam Mig Beer) in Pattaya and my liking for riding my bikes at high speed in Chonburi/Pattaya/Rayong, she thought I would die quickly.  So the house that she designed and painted would be her home, now so easy to see.

So fellas it is not only the Thai princess you can meet that will take your home, it nearly were my (then) mates wife.  When the scales fell off my eyes, the fog lifted and the band stopped playing.

It were then I realised not going in 100% saved me, having more in the bank than I had spent (Penniless now, not worked for near 5 years)  meant she tried to get more and more, when she went into overreach she had to agree to my demands, she never got the money I said I would give.  The village knew what she were doing to two Farangs, this Farang kept his mouth closed and waited.  With me sponsoring school football teams strips, buying children ice cream, riding through the village at walking speed, learning and speaking (poor) Thai with the locals.  My wife taking groups of children to Waterworlds/Pattaya, my ex mates wife has lost all face, locals now know she borrowed near 1 mill from me.

Told her sister -in-law to threaten her resignation as housekeeper if Meaw stayed (Resignation accepted there and then and salary paid up to date) the look of shock on her face made me feel so sorry for her, but she should not play games with her security for another person conniving .

Aftermath, Noot  (ex housekeeper) now had no income, her husband went back to driving buses, leaving his wife behind.  Lek had no money from hubby or me so could not support her mum.  Noot left and went to work at a nursing home near Bangkok, Lek mother goes Bangkok for a few weeks a month selling lottery tickets.  If Lek had not tried a last throw of the dice to control me, her brother, her mum, her sister-in-law would still all be together.

A lot of the old mothers in the village are angry at the reversal of fortunes for her mama having to go to work and her daughter not taking care her mum. 

My wife says "Karma" can bite yer bum   

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One of the last bits of cash I handed over were for my gate and fenceNokia phone 560.jpg

They started doing mine and I thought it were looking good, went away to work and found this when I came back?IMG_0858.JPG

Where my wall finished an identical, brand new stainless fencing had been fitted at her mothers house......   Coincidence.... Shurely notIMG_0856.JPG

Lo and behold fencing and the gate were identical.

Asked to see the receipt for money handed over, told cannot find now.  Went to the shop, he showed me a quantity receipt, I clocked the amount of pipe came home, measured my fence and there were 100's of metres left over.

It were the lies that got me down

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The Rise Of A (very expensive) House In Issan.

It has been over 4 years since I got out of the mess that I had helped create, during the messy time I kept my head above the effluent and the gold digger at arms length. 

My wife Meaw is the person who pulled all the irons out of the fire, if not for her who knows.  Everyone who meets her likes her, my ex friends wife disliking her and plotting against her pushed me more to her side.

If you have doubts do not do it or do it differently.  There are so many Thai women out there who are wife material it is incredible.  I have had the pleasure to meet some of them, on visits to Pattaya my wife has went to bars to meet many of my old friends, it says something when some of those same female friends came our wedding.

I have been living here in Thailand since 2004 to date, all good and happy with only a blip from 2012 to 2015 to mar it.  Now retired and reading books, watching documentaries, watching Thai Coyote dancers on YOUTUBE while reading the books, playing with my large (Affectionate and sweet) dogs, working around the house and getting cuddles from a lovely woman who happens to be my wife.

There are success stories here in Thailand, it just happens that those guy do not shout it out.  This seems like an ideal time to close down the blog, 

Unless you want here about more stories from the rice fields of Issan 

Dam Jai Kuhn (Up to you)

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kansuwan

Please keep 'em coming TD!

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amar

Good luck Tom & God bless.
Eager to hear of your Udon Rice Field Adventures, so keep on updating to ' Bump the thread ' for noo-bees literacy.

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Jebb

Thanks TD, it has been compulsive reading mate.

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kane666

I suspect you have a few more tales in you yet. Keep em coming.

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14 hours ago, kane666 said:

I suspect you have a few more tales in you yet. Keep em coming.

 

17 hours ago, Jebb said:

Thanks TD, it has been compulsive reading mate.

 

17 hours ago, amar said:

Good luck Tom & God bless.
Eager to hear of your Udon Rice Field Adventures, so keep on updating to ' Bump the thread ' for noo-bees literacy.

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18 hours ago, kansuwan said:

Please keep 'em coming TD!

Thank you gents,

As I have said to many people I have met via @karandy travels and meets (God bless you Andy).  There is a book in nearly every ex-pat who lives up here in ISSAN, how they lived their life prior to Thailand, what they gave up and left behind.  But, what keeps them here. 

One gent @udontonycan keep me captivated with his tales of the Frozen North of Canada, gamekeeping, his guns and dogs and his life outdoors on the fells camping under the stars.  Unfortunately he says like many, he can regale a tale in company, but has difficulty putting down on paper.

@amar, @Mickey-vw @Jebbare interesting company apologies to others I have met, but the mentioned few I have talked with for hours

I have already started my Biography, elder brother (68) has been good in filling in many cracks and correcting many things about early days before and after Dad died suddenly.  My elder sister (66) whenever anything unpleasant is mentioned about the family past brings denial, seems to her our family were like the "Waltons" so if ever published it will be lies by me.  Just wait until her marriage to a great guy is mentioned, he fought in the courts for 100% custody of his daughters owing to her behaviour, which now, in her memories never happened.  Better make sure the book is not sold in Ayr, Scotland.

Tomorrow will start looking out photos of the run down 3 bed semi my ex wanted to buy at auction in 1988 I changed that house by renovation and extending, Oct 2007 I signed it over and walked away after 19 years of DIY and 22 years of marriage.  I had, had enough, Thailand were going to be were I put my retirement roots

Please give a thumbs up for encouragement 

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HowieD

Such a good read! 

 

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Fantastic read Tom, I admire your ability to hold it all together and get a happy conclusion. I think I would have been out for blood!!
If I ever decide to retire in Thailand and build a house, I will be making sure I am there supervising 24 / 7.
At least already having a good Thai wife with a  reliable Thai family ( immediate family anyway) should give me a good leg up.

Cheers mate, I look forward to reading more of your tales

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On 17/05/2019 at 18:49, Magnum PI said:

Fantastic read Tom, I admire your ability to hold it all together and get a happy conclusion. I think I would have been out for blood!!   Going for blood I would have lost everything, I had to keep my mouth shut, at times I felt like screaming, reaching for a baseball bat 


If I ever decide to retire in Thailand and build a house, I will be making sure I am there supervising 24 / 7.  If you are not there, then get a reputable firm of builders in that can read off plans.  Plans that have been agreed.  You may think they are expensive, but having village builders in that take a week to do something a firm will do in two days can actually save you money.

I wanted an upstairs master bedroom and balcony, the de-facto foreman my 'ex mate's wife' did not, so it never happened and I accepted the lies until too late.


At least already having a good Thai wife with a  reliable Thai family ( immediate family anyway) should give me a good leg up.  A good wife/partner is so essential.  The amount of success stories I hear is incredible, but those folk do not bang there drum, my wife has two sisters, both have their own homes and too busy working to have a boyfriend??.

Cheers mate, I look forward to reading more of your tales.  Thank you.

 

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Friday had those tingles in my left and right big toe, pain in my left ankle, knew that an attack of gout were coming on so 3 Colchicine tablets and off to sleep (I know 1 three times a day max) 7.30am woke up ....pain...  Take another three.  Breakfast, coffee, banana, dragon fruit (red) and corn.

10:30 am, sat sewing another ripped quilt that the dogs have as  bedding/mattress, since the two younger ones have a bad habit of tearing them open.  Took another 0.5l of my lime juice (Boiled cut limes) and honey mix to keep me regular, foolishly owing to the pain now in my big toe, left, (Barely walk) took another 4 tablets. 

5 minutes later ate fresh mango supplied by wife 11:00am felt sick and sweating, went back to bed.  Dogs all curious about my non regular behaviour.  Meaw checking up to see if I had been sick again in the pail, caught Sheba (1yr old) lying on the bed against me asleep, so were I.  The care and affection my big mutts give me and the wife is incredible, there is alway one or two watching us at all times.  Love my BIG mutts 

Got up at 5pm, did not eat a thing, stomach sensitive and felt hard, off to bed at 10pm take a Nytol sleeping tablet.  Wake up at 8am up, eat banana, dragon fruit fruit and yogurt.

Today I am not eating fresh mango, taking medicine or drinking unpasteurised lemon and honey mix.

Doing zilch today, except maybe look at some tastefully done porn :Oops3:

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During my years sailing around the world I collected many artifacts including navigation lights, of which I have only two left.  My ex (who denies) told her half brother (Done time for theft) I had 5 brass/bronze and copper lights in the garage.  One an Anchor light I had rescued from the main mast and converted to a fireplace lamp all gone.

All I have left now are temperature fittings, thermostats and a large stern flag fro a to be scrapped 80,000t ship and a ships bell.

The bell belongs to MV Balder Hammerfest......................    How did I come to have it... Welllllllll

While working in Norway 1986, we would tie up alongside ships that were not sailing the next day, so our deck crew instead of going onto the quay to slip the mooring ropes, they would go onboard the ship we were lashed too.  One of those ships were called the "Balder Hammerfest", I found it's Bell hidden behind gas bottles in the HVAC room, so I put it elsewhere and waited for someone to say "My stolen bell is missing", nobody ever did, so months later after finishing the Norwegian charter we sailed back to Scottish waters and Aberdeen, Come the day I left to go on leave, a very 'Heavy duty' canvas holdall were carried by me down the gangway, my arm bent slightly to help disguise the weight of this monster.  My flight were the following morning BA shuttle ABDN- LHR, so went out on the town in Aberdeen with my Brother-in-law.  Following morning taxi arrives, "MY BELL IS MISSING", B-I-L tries telling me that I gave him it when 10 sheets to the wind....  Got in the taxi cursing him for stealing, all I hear were 'you stole it first', tried saying "NO" I were second.

My 1995, my 40th birthday came around and my sister and B-I-L were coming to visit, now this guy is a fine fellow who I have a lot of time for.  On the table were the stupid presents (Pullovers, socks and ties) when I spied a familiar looking ships bell, the B-I-L had a conscience, he had returned the ships bell "HE" had stolen, the best 40th birthday present ever.  Within days it were mounted in the house, within a week it were taken down and put in the loft.  My ex hated anything nautical, anything about motorbikes or dogs.  My attention had to be 100% hers.

When I shipped my stull over in boxes, this one item were overweight by itself, but got through.

Now you might add .........  Why did i not return the bell to its rightful owners.......... Good point.

Googled 'Balder Shipping', went bust in the 90's, so nobody to give it to or return it too.  Ship called the "Hammerfest", went through many owners.....  Now with the Turks.

Better for the bell, it remains loved with this retired old salt.

PS, I used to have a flag pole, how it came into my possession involved my first born, some mates, some beer (lots) and an abandoned flag pole at the side of the road at a WIMPEY planned 30 small house builds.  Midsummers day, birthdays, BBQ's I would fly my 80,000 ton Bulk Carrier "Red Ensign".  A small ladder were required to reach the ropes. 

When moving I told the firm to bring my up-rooted flag pole.  On arrival Newbury and and unloaded, as leaving asked the driver. "Where is my flag pole"??  Only to be told.  "Your wife made it plain to us all the pole remained behind.

Yes my ex hated me to have interests.

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Ships bells growing legs in port is a fine, time-honored tradition. :-)  And yes, I agree, that particular bell is far better off where it is now.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

(Our bosun would have chewed someone's ass though if our bell wasn't bright enough to see your reflection in. That's what junior deck hands are for.)

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9 minutes ago, Garzan said:

Ships bells growing legs in port is a fine, time-honored tradition. :-)  And yes, I agree, that particular bell is far better off where it is now.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

(Our bosun would have chewed someone's ass though if our bell wasn't bright enough to see your reflection in. That's what junior deck hands are for.)

Hi @Garzan it is a sand cast bell so is not smooth, had my eldest boy with a brillo pad (Metal) cleaning it, it does buff up well with a rotary wire brush, but, louth to burnish too hard.  The support bracket is an upside down ace of spades, told that is to prevent the spirit of the stolen bell visiting you??.

Have the long pencil like thermometer from the purifier room where the heavy oil were heated that is in the w/shop with two temp/humidity gauges, unfortunately some insects have eaten the horse hair attached for humidity. 

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Hi @Garzan

Recognise this Rotortherm that used to be fitted in pipe pockets for cooling water, Lub oil and heated fuel oil.  Well time at sea can have many spare hours, so I turned down a piece of wood in the shape of a bell and mounted it on a base and varnished..  If you look closely you will see the coat of arms from the 'blue' Rothmans cigarette packets on the front, soaked in water the paperbacking floated off.

Showing 31'C at at 11am

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4 pieces of wood cut square and glued together.  Time at sea with a w/shop, Bliss.

Below is from the 'oil heating & purifier house'.  Methinks the humidity % is out.2.jpgo

Last one the temp spring is kaput, but it is showing the same % humidity, maybe needs calibrated.3.jpg

All little bits collected during 38 years working on the water.

 

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Can anyone Identify the below, what they are called and what purpose do they have in a Pattaya beer bar.

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It is not working but is rumoured to be a "RFC Altitude lung tester"5.jpg6.jpg

Anyone see the RR raised logo on the outer pressure cap.

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Below, where used for lung checks down the tin mines in Kentucky, USA. Known as a "Old Kentuckian Bloward".  But anyone know the year, 

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A 1950's Scottish colliery.  Know as a "Lung capacity collector"9.jpg9A.jpg11.jpg

You can have hours of fun with these.  Never seen a smoker do it once 

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Thanks for sharing OP, very good read!

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Already posted this in a reply to a query, so why not repost with changes here.

During my 38 years at sea seen a few fires, one a cabin mattress smouldering away with the drunken guy sleeping amongst the fumes like a baby, a galley fire and a few bilge fires in the engine room when welding were going on, but, nothing too serious.  Only time we had guys in lifeboats waiting to be dropped, leaving only 10 of us (Emergency team) out of the 108 crew were not on ships but a drilling rig.  A young crew member going to the lifeboats tried telling me off for not wearing my safety glasses.  Ignored him since he were already showing signs of shock, young guy early 20's, where I where already mid 50's.

Had 2 engine room fires on the Stena Clyde a mobile drilling rig (MODU) offshore Australia. First fire were the scariest,  it got out of control and all power had failed, couple of lights, but apart from that darkness.  We had a harbour generator that powered a S.W.pump for main set start ups, but, even though this pump could be cross connected to the fire main, it strictly speaking were no a fire pump. 

Bulkhead between E.R. and Switchboard room started to glow turning red and bulging/expanding.  We set off the HALON fire suppression gas and waited till dawn before looking inside it were all just black and grey with an overwhelming smell of soot, burnt plastic/paint and oil. 

To get some power back disconnected the rigs 440v supply to the ROV and connected that up to the "Shore supply" incoming connection on the 440v board.  Changed the wiring connections over at the ROV so its generator now fed back into the vessel not the ROV unit, it now could 'back-feed' on itself and we got lights and HVAC back, plus we now had power for the fire pumps if needed.

On a funny/serious note, our whole comms system (Sat Dome) had been destroyed/wiped out/washed overboard when the ship alongside us, when putting water on us "Boundary Cooling".  The Barge master (later sacked) who were co-ordinating the boundary cooling from the lifeboat station (Yes, one deck down and forward of where he should have been) just told the ship, "See that big white dome", "Yes", "Well that is the area", it were not the area, deck/roof of the E.R. were further aft.  Terrible, terrible behaviour, unprofessional and cowardly behaviour, never thought he had done wrong.  Going back into the radio room noticed that the Sat TV dome had survived, so locked onto the satellite, reset all the decoders we had Fox back on the telly, bacon butties, 48 hours after the crew had been strapped into lifeboats. 

Comms.......  Talked to our IT people in Aberdeen using the clients (Apache) hand held Sat phone, Stena sent out an omni-directional aerial, 9 metres of cable, a laptop hooked up with a phone connected by USB.  Voila, we now had the internet where Stena Drilling had set up accounts for everyone, I would download load all the named zipped files. 

First Problem..  I were told only Stena employees to have access, the guy who talked to town for the crew were agency, the secretary/communications guy, did helicopter schedules, crew changes etc, etc,  so needed access.  His computer were already linked to all other workstations so fired up the internal server, gave him the USB with all that mornings zipped messages then he would send them internally.

Second problem.   We still had the Australian police onboard (Sabotage??) Australian Fire/accident people who decided how the fire started and spread.  That were the official report.  We found out what really happened after they left and could start getting in amongst the engines to see if any could still run.  The total absence of lub oil in one engine and a burst gasket gave another cause, but, to late it were all accepted and signed. The Bargemaster had seen the compiled report about the fire, everybody (Supervisors) had to write down what he had seen, what he had did and what he seen others do.  The bargemaster were highlighted, not in a favourable light so wanted phone and e-mail access outwith Stena.  When I caught him trying to use the 'emergency' GMDSS system to send a message it were curtains.

Third problem.  Apache (Oil company Client) wanted access to our "Fred Dinbah" comms lash-up, this got argued about way above my pay scale.  They had similar sent out with their own IT tech, who complained about fluctuating voltage levels knocking his gear out.  Told him "You were informed you had a maximum current allowance of 4 amps, approx 1kw.  What exactly did the guy think he were coming out too apart from a fire ravaged rig.  Tried assisting him, but he believed I were below and his little world took preference over the rig, it got all sorted when he went back into town.

The ROV generator were large enough to power hydraulic lift/lower launch frame for the ROV, it also supplied heating, lighting, power and HVAC for 4 control units. (Containers) it were not large enough to run a rig.  We had a large geny sent out and we virtually had the rig shut down so the ROV could supply the cranes hydraulic motors and lift this 12 ton piece of kit from a supply boat onto deck.  Within 24 hours this geny wiring were connected to the back of the 440v board bus-bars, protection upstream at the geny itself

Since I were the Chief Electrical engineer onboard, clocked up some overtime that trip and had one electrician sacked for lack of effort.  I have always wanted to paraphrase the great "Scotty" Chief Engineer on Star Trek.  Within days days we had de-manned all non-essentials off the rig to make way for dozens of "Hindle" employed electricians  who were rewiring the engine room, welders who cut The Roof off as all 4 alternators went ashore for refurbishment.

Company superintendents directors and client reps were all onboard and at one of the meeting I were asked.  How did I manage to have power back on within 18 hours.??  I said below. 

"I bypassed systems like a Xmas tree, (Scotty, Star trek) and did things not allowed by the regulations" (My quote)

Better then not to pry to deeply a head honcho said with a smile.

I had power back on within 15 hours, but it were not recorded as official until we knew what had been done could last.  That in itself is a good story.

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Jebb

Well done mate. I was in the Fire Service myself and appreciate that there area lot of headless chickens in an emergency situation. Cool professional heads are needed. Ship fires are the worst because they are almost always fought from above and the amount of heat spread through the superstructure. Halon was a good tactic. How long before you could venture downstairs without BA? Even a little Halon can knock you around.

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Some experiences & each one with different challenges & overcome. We all do a lot of things unofficially based on super 's discretion.

 

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11 minutes ago, Jebb said:

Well done mate. I was in the Fire Service myself and appreciate that there area lot of headless chickens in an emergency situation. Cool professional heads are needed. Ship fires are the worst because they are almost always fought from above and the amount of heat spread through the superstructure. Halon was a good tactic. How long before you could venture downstairs without BA? Even a little Halon can knock you around.

Hi @Jebb

You are correct, halon displaces oxygen so that is one part of the triangle, leaving fuel and heat, but no air.  It were around dawn, all the bulkheads were checked and had cooled down far enough to touch.  Three guys went in with the radio equipped BA sets, (more were ordered after that), fire were out, no smoke.  So all ventilation vents were unclipped and opened and normal draught allowed through.

Fire report said that an electrical short in a box between two engines set fire to a pile of oily rags which set alight "The oil soaked lagging on the turbo blower"  what really happened is that both engines were running, one suffered an oil leak from the gear driven pump at the diesel end, it sprayed "HOT" lubricating oil onto the exhaust feed the turbo of the next in line engine. 

So you had "Heat', "Fuel" and "Air", as long as the engine had oil pressure, it ran, supplying the fire.  Sump emptied of oil, engine shut down, but fire had taken place in an oil soaked area.

All other 3 engines had their sump, lub oil intact, one were empty that is where the fire got it's fuel.

Going back to Halon gas, I served on the MV Maersk Runner, when the Halon release got triggered by a fault, the gas where sucked through the running engines and generators came out the funnels bright orange, it were now quite deadly Phosgene gas.

Halon being bad for the ozone layer has now been replaced.

I have done many fire fighting courses, the hardest I ever did were with the Edinburgh Fire Brigade, at McDonalds road, you had a mock up of an actual ship.  After doing that course all the other offshore courses were easy.

The metal buckles of the BA set on your neck left blisters and the top of your ears blistered and peeled. 

Trying to get down to an engine room fire from the accommodation pulling 3" fire hoses and then the heat hits you, all moisture in your jacket turns into vapour in front of your eyes.

The instructors had emphasised "DO NOT TURN BACK, YOU WILL GET BURNED"  keep going "IT IS COOLER DOWN AT THE FIRE"  He were correct, get near the fire is safer in an unsafe way.

We were told if you are in the middle of the Pacific/Atlantic and it is bad weather outside.  Best to save the ship, leaving it maybe more dangerous  

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UKLad

Impressive reading TD, thanks for that. Keep the stories coming


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