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    26-12-2008 21:31 Brian Lindo wrote:

    Hi Terry, interested to read you entry on the way technology has changed shipping. My first trip as fifth engineeer was on the Velletia in 1966, by 1971 I was 3rd engineer on the Mactra, and the difference in that short time was quite remarkable, and that was then. Air conditioned control room with most of the controls on a central console consisting of push buttons and dials, even the sootblowers were automatic. Could get boring though, would not have missed the experiences of the old rust buckets for nothing. Modern day ships crews don't know what they are missing. ha ha. The only time I get to sea these days is on the Isle of Wight ferry or the ferry out of Santa Eularia. Then the memories come flooding back. Best regards for the New year.



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