Saturday, 15 October 2011

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Daily Jokes: An old golfer comes in from a round of golf

Daily Jokes: An old golfer comes in from a round of golf: "at a new course and heads into the grill room. As he passes through the swinging doors he sees a sign hanging over the bar: COLD BEER: $2...."

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Interesting site first thing in the morning

An unusual site when you open the curtains first thing in the morning. U534 was on the same dock where I was dismantling Seacombe ferry landing stage. The stern tube on the starboard side was open to the sea when she was lifted from the sea bed which led to speculation she had been carrying Nazi loot when she was sunk. I looked around her several times but never found anything. My camp is set up to the left.

U 534 German U Boat

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Lct 7074 The last D Day tank landing craft

Just having a rummage in the attic and found some pictures of a maritime demolition job in Liverpool England. The work involved the dismantling of the former Seacombe ferry landing stage. As a result of being in the area Lord Goodhart asked me to price up some work which involved converting the Tank landing craft back to D Day spec. She had been converted into a floating night club the "landfall".

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Landing craft tank

LCT 7074 is the last surviving tank landing craft left in the UK she now lies at the bottom of Wallasey Docks. Anyone wanting to help contact me Even if it is just to give her a decent burial. Here she is seen prior to my converting her back to D Day spec.

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LCT 7074 The last surviving D Day tank landing craft

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LCT 7074

Just having a bit of a flash back to a time when I won a contract to convert a tank landing craft back to her D Day specification as a tank carrier. She was formerly known as the landfall a well known Liverpool nightclub. I have spoken to another previous owner George Evans and was sad to here she had sunk in Wallasey docks. At the time I carried out the conversion work she was owned by Lord Goodhart who also owned the Historic Warships Trust in Birkenhead. The work comprised the removal of a deck that had been added to make her covered This would of been the nightclub roof as the bar area was in the actual hold where tanks used to be carried.
Old concrete floors had to be taken out and these were in the form of a screed. A very clever self tipping skip was employed to remove all the debris from the hold and I wish I could remember the name of the maker as it was a clever bit of kit.
George Evans has a website that is trying to highlight this tragic and sorry site of a once proud vessel lying forgotten and abandoned.
To me it is no surprise as most people I meet seem to have the attention span of Goldfish.
On the same dock sits U534 a former German wartime submarine. Which to be fair is an awesome sight.
It portrays menace with every curve of its hull a true hunter stealthy sleek threatening.
My question is why do we leave an icon of Liberation freedom and democracy at the bottom of murky waters of East Float.
Or are we plagiarising our way to the same Historic mistakes.
Photo credits to George Evans

Monday, 6 June 2011

Universal joint

The following is a constant velocity joint. Better known as a universal joint and is common in most types of vehicles the joint allows power to be transfered to the drive wheels even when the axle and suspension are moving.

Constant velocity joint.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Appelby horse fair

Well spring is in the air and I have been spending a lot of time at the stables.
We are getting ready for Appelby horse fair and I have a commission for a new sulky for the annual race, It is all alloy construction and incorporates three large sweeping wishbones which give it the bulk of its strength. I have not been to the race for a few years and am looking forward to it a lot. The town swells from a handful of inhabitants to about fifty thousand travellers and gypsy's and is a pretty big deal over here.
I will leave a link for those who are interested.

The early stage of chassis design

Isometric view

New sulky designed in turbocad