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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis O'Shea View Post
    Hi Lewis, we never had a game in Sapele but used to always get a game against some local lads in Port Harcourt, we once had a game against a paddy Henderson ship which we managed to win much to the disgust of their skipper when he met the motley crowd off the Oguta Palm we thought we were in for a hiding when they turned up fully kitted out in footie gear even down to stockings and boots but we beat them3 1. had to take them back to our ship as they were rationed to six beers only a day. Den
    Denis, I always packed a pair of footie boots, Played whenever we got the chance India, West Coast, One game that sticks in my mind was while alongside in New Orleans there was a German cargo ship tied up along side us, We met the crew or a few of them ashore and organized a game of footie on the Sunday, We had a few of us lads in our mid 20s and fit as a fiddle, We where confident lets go and do the old enemy in and show them how the game should be played, We managed to get 8 very keen and able to play the game but they insisted on 11 a side The 3rd mate agreed to make up the numbers but explained it wasn't his game ok you can play at right back just dont let any of them run past you whip them up if you have to. We had a Chippy from Birkenhead never sober Who are you playing the Germans put me in any where ill play them not the ball, So he went in midfield Now we needed a goalie only the Officers steward left and he was not the fittest guy in the world and was as camp as coffee ok your in goal you shouldn't have much to do just do as best you can, Come Sunday we all congregated on a grass pitch the Germans had organized even had two goals with nets, The Chippy was throwing cans of Tennent's down his beer gut before we kicked off our goalie the steward was more interested in his bloody hair getting messed up than the game, Then the usual got put on the touch line for half time cans of Tennent's, Sandwiches and tab nabs provided by the steward, On there touch line was a case of chilled oranges and bottles of water and fruit juice, And they did look up for it suddenly the confidence drained out of me the oldest in the team must have only been early 30s and they looked the part. As soon as we kicked off the bloody Chippy legged it past everyone and took a swing with his leg at one of them the German player jumped over him and down he went Bloody big steel toe cap shoe went one way he went the other done the splits and got carried of the pitch shouting penalty penalty then there where 10 after kicking off they went straight into our box and scored the bloody steward looked frozen to the spot as the ball flew past him have they won now he said, Get back in goal and bloody move Gloria dont just stand there as they celebrated there goal Gloria ran and slapped the scorer across the back of the legs screaming this camp voice out, We managed to get a goal half time they where 3-1 up and laughing there bloody heads off. Gloria said oh forget it boys lets all go for a nice drink as he let his hair down, Its only half time lets get out there and play the game i can run faster than any of them EDH Said which he could, OK lads lets give it a go and put that booze down, As we got into the game we moved further up the pitch got it back to 3-2 Then the last 15 minutes they got serious we played 30 mins each half final score 6-2 to them the last goal they scored Gloria had gone missing goal was wide open she was lighting a fag on the touchline with the Chippy W T F are you doing over there a pair of long johns on and polished shoes obviously took a shine to the ref who was one of the Germans officers, And get the rope fid down them strides back to the ship. Did have some great games on other ships and weren't always on the loosing side. Another day in the life Den can laugh about it now but took the game serious in them days Terry.
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    Default Re: Timber carrier listing

    Yep. Timber deck cargoes were notorious for absorbing moisture, and as people have said, raising the centre of gravity to where, although still stable the ship takes on an angle of loll. We had the same with a cargo of loose and packaged lumber from Vancouver (area) to Avonmouth, Bristol (UK). Making sure the lashings are kept tight is essential. There is an international Code of Practice (the TDC Code) for further reading.... see -https://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/msnote/pdf/msin1205anx1.pdf.

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