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    Spent many hours pacing up and down the deck banging the gong, or whatever you could find, but most scared i have been was crossing from the Needles to Cherbourg in a 35 yacht, and approaching the shipping lanes fog came from nowhere, did have GPS on board, but it was a gamble, stick the engine on, full taps, and get across, still takes 45 mins to cross the 5 mile zone, but the disadvantage was the noise of the diesel engine drowns out the noise of approaching ships, a real trouser browner. And i was only doing it for pleasure !!!, kt
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    yes keith but the memory and pleasure of accomplishment is a joy for life......cappy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Cloherty View Post
    Victoria my advice is don't buy another yellow car, science has proved that yellow is the most difficult colour to see in the fog. Just one of those useless pieces of information that sticks in your mind, probably because I was the owner of a yellow Ford Mexico at the time
    wonder why a few years back they made yellow fog lights for cars, and it was a requirement in France

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Taylor View Post
    wonder why a few years back they made yellow fog lights for cars, and it was a requirement in France
    Tony, as far as I understand it yellow fog lights diffused the glareback from the fog, they didn't penetrate the fog any better, as for the French yellow headlights, perhaps it was the French just being French 'vive la difference'

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    In the years I spent as master trotting around the coast of northern Europe the most frightening experience I had sold be coming down the Scheldt in thick fog. Traffic very rarely was halted so the big container ships, tankers and bulk carriers would still be encountered even at some of the tight turns in the river and dropping off the river pilot and picking up the sea pilot at flushing the stress level was akin to attempting to cross a busy highway blind folded.
    On the north Atlantic, even with radar, in the iceberg season, on the grand Banks in fog it was stressful as you never knew if the radar was picking up growlers along with the bergs.
    As master, despite being stressed out you had to show an outward appearance of calm so as to keep the rest of the bridge team concentrated on their tasks.
    Mind you the consumption of Benson and Hedges certainly increased during dense fog.
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    Colregs apply to vessels in sight of each other, in reduced visibility vessels should proceed at a safe speed and maintain a lookout by any available means, both sight and sound.

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    Nothing worse near the end of voyage steaming into the Channel and you hit FOG. You know your not pay-off for a few more days and half the crew with a bad case of the "CHANNELS"

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    Remember trying to get my head down with the fog horn blasting.
    Not as bad as being on the bridge though.

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    Cappy #10 your mention of the hailing station on the Tyne reminded me of this tale (probably no truth in it).
    A vessel was entering the Tyne on a foggy night and as it passed the hailing station the watchman shouts
    “ what ship”,
    “Anna” comes the reply
    “ anaw ye naw but a want t naw asweel “
    This last sentence has to be said aloud in your best Geordie accent.
    Regards Michael

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    why ayye michael ah think its a canny good story .....loland thanks for itb ....cappy

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    Its not just a story its a fact , and is in a post yonks ago.
    That same Lioyds hailing station was a landmark just being close to the Fish Quay. Which hopefully will have some future in years to come now. The same as how Geordies got that title goes back to Bonny Prince Charles , as when those living in a border county like Northumberland were often asked are you for Charles or George, those living locally said George and so the name was born. Those living in South Shields however got their name of Sand Dancers by a different method and is a different story, can be found in the encyclopedia A La Capp. JS
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