Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
Curiously though, the address has been painted on the forward part of the ship, starting at the bow, not mid-ships as seems to be usual on other ships:
Thanks Murray for these photos. To see more of Murray's blog, click on http://www.mercyshipadventure.blogspot.com/.
The third: last weekend it started to warm up, and we had some decent rain. The following day me and the kids dammed a MAJOR stream not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times at a beach in Ballito.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
The land has mixed use: much of it is used for the grazing of cattle (lovely big fat cows, unlike the half-starved cows we are used to seeing in West Africa), and also for sugar cane. Below, fields of cane. There are three massive sugar processing plants locally:
In some areas, Zulu villages and small holdings cover the landscape. Many of their houses are still round, but constructed of concrete with tin roofs, instead of the mud and straw their ancestors used:
Monday, 18 October 2010
Libby eventually remembered she had invited Lynn (the crew nurse) and Janice (one of the accountants), (both pictured), and Marilyn and Karen (who she forgot).
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Back to my photos: one of the new MAN generators, starboard side in old Frichs generator room (with the incinerator to the right of the photo):
...and one port side in the old harbour generator room, still waiting to be moved out of the ballast tank into its new home:
A bank of welding machines ready to weld down the new gennys:
And on the bridge: fancy new engine controls:
Meanwhile, some of the forward ballast tanks are being converted to store diesel, which involves sandblasting the inside of the tanks, and insulating the outsides with fire-proof material. To do so, all the walls and floors surrounding the tanks have been stripped away. Below, the Boutique, of which nothing is left except the original doorway.
All the black is the black-painted walls of the fuel tank. The cabins either side, and the weight room and the prayer room are similarly stripped out too. Below, did this used to be your cabin? Cabin 3423, similarly stripped out to allow fire-proof insulation of the floor. Can you see the original railway lines, previously hidden beneath the carpet and cement?
Below, E Ward full of furniture stripped out of 3423 and 3414, and old sinks from the wards.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
Below: gangway goes straight to Deck 7.
Below, one of my favourite dive sites: main engine cooling water intakes, port side, mid-ships.
Below, the ship on blocks.
Below, the hole cut in the port side to remove the old generators. Those are the Frichs generators you can see inside.
Below, another of my favourite dive sites: the six a/c cooling intakes port side forward.
Below, the old forward rudder from the days when the Dronning Ingrid was more maneuverable, now welded shut.
Below, my all time favourite dive site. The old a/c cooling intake, starboard side directly under the gangway, and right on the bottom of the ship. Used to clog up all the time in Benin with plastic bags. Almost impossible to find in poor visibility.
Below, a 180 degree view of the harbour generator room facing forward.
Below: where the starboard side harbour genny USED to be. Now its all gone, leaving only the alternators.