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The Mini View

by gadgetgirl In reply to Of Tall Ships and Tyne To ...

<p><strong>WELCOME ABOARD </strong></p>
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<p>Although I work in ICT Security here in the UK, one of my hobbies is boating.  As a background, the MV Phoebe is an ex Thames tug, rescued in 1989 by my partner, Ian, just as she was due to be scrapped.  She was found in the port of Blyth, in Northumberland, and Ian lived on her whilst doing her up (the first time round!) from 1989 to 1994.  After being stuck (don't ask!) in silt in another port for a few years, we have now moved her closer to home, and have been working on her for the past 18 months.</p>
<p>She is a tug conversion, iron and steel, approximately 42 feet long, and weighs (around) 30 tons.  Currently she has a Baker Perkins 125hp diesel engine.  The internal area, engine room and wheelhouse have all been reconstructed over the past five years.  We have Sat GPS, map systems, radio etc. on board - but no fish finders allowed!!</p>
<p>Personally, I think she turned into a neverending boat last summer - five coats of paint on everything external, and then seven coats of anti-foul on the bottom.  I was permanently dizzy every weekend for three months!  Currently blue and white, she sports a small bright red funnel, just to keep me happy - every boat should have at least one funnel!</p>
<p>Hopefully, this blog will turn into the final updating of the Feebs, her family, her crew, her friends, and her old sea dog, Murphy.</p>

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The Tall Ships

by gadgetgirl In reply to Of Tall Ships and Tyne To ...

<p>The Tall Ships race has been coming to the River Tyne here in the UK intermittently for some years now.  It is a phenomenal site, all the old style sailing ships from all over the world meeting up in the river to race on, with their crews of young people.</p>
<p>This year, between 3000 and 4000 crew members are expected along with the Tall Ships.  And with 54 days to go until they arrive, a grand total of 109 Tall Ships have signed up to race from the Tyne. Over a million visitors are expected into this area of the North East of England in the Tall Ships week.</p>
<p>Concisely, they start arriving in the Tyne on Monday July 25th, and are here until the grand Parade of Sail which starts at 8am on Thursday July 28th.  All sorts of events are organised, I'll try to find the link and put it in the blog as soon as time allows.  We have a march of the crews through the City of Newcastle on the Tuesday, and a big party on the Wednesday evening, with light and image shows, entertainment and pyrotechnics.  (Don't anyone tell Murphy, the old sea dog, about that last bit - he's terrified of fireworks, bless him!) And believe me, Newcastle people - Geordies - really know how to P A R T Y !!!  We're well known for it!  Biggest party city outsida London!</p>
<p>Must find the link . . . .or you'll never know what I'm talking about . . . . .</p>
<p>Hope this works ...</p>
<p><a href="http://www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com/tallships2005/tallships2005Index.php?cc=200506011451&cc=200504191709">http://www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com/tallships2005/tallships2005Index.php?cc=200506011451&cc=200504191709</a>&</p>

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The Tall Ships

by jdclyde In reply to The Tall Ships

Greetings!<br />
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The tall ships come through Bay City, Michigan every year as
well.  We only get about a dozon in though but it is cool to
see.  Difference between living on just a river I guess.<br />
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I looked on the community calendar and didn't see them listed.  Hope they are coming back! <br />
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Keep us posted, and don't forget to take your camera!<br />
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jd<br />

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The Tall Ships

by Spencerdoot In reply to The Tall Ships

<p>haha that is so funny but remenber that it is ok</p>
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<p>                                              Sin.</p>
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The Tootles

by gadgetgirl In reply to Of Tall Ships and Tyne To ...

<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A ?Tootle? is the local slang for a trip up or down the River Tyne.<span>  </span>Just taking in the sites, looking at the ever-changing landscapes, the Sage Music Centre, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, the wonderful Tyne Bridges, including the new Millennium (Blinking Eye) Bridge.<?xml:namespace prefix =" o" ns =" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"" /></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Our main Tootle when the Tall Ships Week is running will be on the Wednesday morning.<span>  </span>By that time, the majority of the Tall Ships should be moored in the river giving us all a chance to see them from the water-side.<span>  </span>We already have a ?full compliment? for that trip!<span>  </span>Ma and Pa, daughter Suzy, grandson Ben, mate Wendy, hubby Paul, daughter Hannah (age 5) (aka LittleLegs), myself and Ian.<span>  </span>So with Murphy (aka ShortPaws) as well, that?s enough to contend with.<span>  </span>At least I?m certain on that trip that people will wear lifejackets (especially LittleLegs and ShortPaws, who each have their own) and will do as they?re told.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apart from that trip, we have another eighteen people who haven?t defined when they?re coming yet, and at least another two dozen or more who are just going to ?pop along to the pontoon? ? knowing full well that the sun won?t be over the proverbial yard arm until we?re berthed.<span>  </span>We?re trying to be very sensible here ? we?re all going to have to be lookouts on Phoebe, as we already know there will be many leisure craft out there.</span><span><o> </o></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>(Don?t let me get on to Sunday Sailors, because they?re almost as bad as Sunday Drivers?.drive us nuts.<span>  </span>Worse than the drivers, though, some have no idea what an emergency/mayday call actually is!!!)</span><span><o> </o></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I?ve already been stocking up for the influx of people (is this organised, or what?!); just need everyone to pray for decent weather!<span>  </span>We intend taking my new (AMERICAN) Smoker/BBQ down for the Wednesday, so we can just cook on after we get back and stay on for the Quayside show.<span>  </span>River traffic is restricted after 4pm, so it may be just as well to stay rather than battle through the traffic to get home, and return later in the evening.<span>  </span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Have a couple of ideas for the new smoker/bbq thingy, but any quick/cheap/cheerful recipes more than willingly accepted!!</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Finally, for now, yes ? there will be photographs at some stage.<span>  </span>I always have my digital camera in my handbag, complete with spare batteries.<span>  </span>At the earliest possible opportunity, I?ll start snapping away?.!</span></p>
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Loo-less .....

by gadgetgirl In reply to Of Tall Ships and Tyne To ...

<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If there was anything more essential from a woman?s point of view than a mirror, it?s a loo.<span>  </span>Toilet.<span>  </span>Lavatory.<span>  </span>Call it what you will, we no longer have one on the Feebs.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Damn.<span>  </span>This is the third loo we?ve had ?go? on us in a year.<span>  </span>Well, sort of.<span>  </span>First of all, the original one seized up when we got stuck in the other marina.<span>  </span>Feebs was sitting in so much silt for so long that every sea **** on the vessel had to be renewed.<span>  </span>Including, of course, the one under the sea loo.<span>  </span>It wasn?t easy getting the loo out in one piece, let alone taking all the tiles around it of successfully too.<span>  </span>While it was off, it was fully serviced, all seals renewed, everything cleaned, re-greased and re-oiled, and Ian even slackened off the pump handle to make it easier for me to use (arthritis. Not bad, just niggly)<span>  </span>That one went back in after the sea **** was renewed, and worked very successfully.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Three times</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A donation came along (thanks, Joe!) and was equally fully serviced and consequently installed.<span>  </span>And it worked.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Five times.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>So the ?new? one came out, and the original was cannibalised for parts to try to get either one of them working.<span>  </span>Success.<span>  </span>One worked.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Another five times.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yet again, it has stopped.<span>  </span>Every possible part has been changed, but the stupid thing still refuses to work.<span>  </span>I should add, here, that the only thing that HAS worked consistently is the pump handle!<span>  </span>It?s getting a bit too near the time to take any more chances, so the next step has to be for us to bite the bullet and buy a brand new sea loo.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It?s not really something you can do without.<span>  </span>Certainly not for a woman, at any rate!!!<span>  </span>I?m dreading to see what the prices are?..if I can find any that will (approximately) fit?..in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">UK</st1:place></st1:country-region>?. Within the next 50 or so days?.eeek?.</span></p>

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Once upon a time ....

by gadgetgirl In reply to Of Tall Ships and Tyne To ...

<p class="MsoNormal"><span>there was a little lady woodworm.<span>  </span>She met a lovely gentleman woodworm who swept her off her segments, and they fell madly and passionately in love.<span>  </span>They moved in together into a nice piece of 4 x 2, nice and snug, and started a family.<span>  </span>Just as the family started arriving, their little house moved, and after a lot of hammering and banging, things went back to normal, the family increased a hundred fold, but they were still snug in their 4 x 2 home, with plenty to eat.<?xml:namespace prefix =" o" ns =" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"" /></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With more sons and daughters and grandworms on the way, they decided to expand their home, so took over the wood next door.<span>  </span>The grandworms had great-grandworms, and so they continued expanding.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now, you just know where this is going, don?t you?</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After 16 years in place, we?ve only just found out that we used their house in the initial refit all those years ago.<span>  </span></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Scrap the entire wood and cladding in the single cabin.<span>  </span>As if that wasn?t bad enough, they didn?t do a lot of housekeeping, and by the end of the last great-great-great-great-great-great-grandworms, they weren?t doing any housekeeping at all.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>They just held a party for some fun guys (fungi?s ? yes?) and let them move in with them too.<span>  </span>Apparently, they let them have the basement on the hull, while the worm family kept to the woodwork.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>So, now the unenviable task of tracking down exactly what fungus this is and how to get rid of it, and then start cleaning and clearing up the cabin.<span>  </span>Thank goodness there?s only this one area affected or our Tall Ships Tyne Tootles would have had to be cancelled.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>You just know what I?m doing this weekend.<span>  </span>Dust mask, overalls, cap, gloves, anti-mould, anti-mildew and scrubbing brush.<span>  </span>No, don?t try to visualise it, it?s too gross to even contemplate!</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><o> </o></span><span>And no, definitely no pictures will be forthcoming of this particular event!</span></p>
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Once upon a time ....

by Beth Blakely In reply to Once upon a time ....

That doesn't sound like fun. I wish you the best of luck. And may you never have unwelcome house guests again!

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Once upon a time ....

by Jaqui In reply to Once upon a time ....

ha, silly gg.<br />
all boats are holes in the water to throw money into.<br />
the maintenance is worse than fixing a win85 machine owned by a complete moron. :)<br />

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Successful Eviction

by gadgetgirl In reply to Of Tall Ships and Tyne To ...

<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After a heck of a lot of work, all fun guys and worms have been successfully evicted.<span>  </span>For good.<span>  </span>Abso-flamin?-lutely everything that could be torn out of the single cabin, was.<span>  </span>All the old stuff is stashed and ready to be taken to the tip, as it?s obviously no good for re-cycling.<span>  </span>So, the scrap it and start again syndrome has started.</span><span><?xml:namespace prefix =" o" ns =" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"" /><o> </o></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ian can?t re-structure the room because of the constraints of the hull, but the shelves next to the bed have all gone, so there?s a bit less storage area in there now.<span>  </span>For the moment.<span>  </span>He?s ?thinking about it??.. (all women know what that means.<span>  </span>Trouble.)<span>  </span>The mattress actually goes on top of a tank welded to the hull, so at least we didn?t lose a bed base ? we obviously lost the mattress though.<span>  </span></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>So it was just a case of battening out again, and then putting the cladding up, after thoroughly washing the entire cabin down with bleach and/or anti-mould.<span>  </span>The battens went up fairly quickly, so it was off to the nearest DIY for the rest of the wood.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now, I don?t know if it?s a seasonal thing, but the price of cladding has hit the roof.<span>  </span>The last lot we got was only in January, and it was about a third of the price they?re currently asking.<span>   </span>No-one seems to know why such a price hike, but all we can gather is that more DIY gets done in the warmer weather, so the stores put their prices up to make the most of it.</span><span><o> </o></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>So on to plan B.<span>  </span>Forget the cladding, and just board out for the time being.<span>  </span>Makes life a lot faster, as there?s no rubbing down, sanding and varnishing, just paint, paint and more paint.<span>  </span>Yes, ok, it won?t last half as long, but the way I look at it is: it gives me time to win the Lottery before it has to be replaced!</span><span><o> </o></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The fungus had also got into the hinges of the door, and the door frame, so to keep everything matching, they have had to be re-done in pine cladding.<span>  </span>Good job, too.<span>  </span>I got half way through the washing down part (closing the door as I was coming out to change water etc for the fumes) and the door literally came off in my hand!<span>  </span>I don?t even know my own strength. (!)<span>  </span>No harm done, really, it was just a minor heart attack.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We did manage to get some nice hardwood for the ceiling, though ? not too dark, but just takes the stark edges off the white walls.<span>  </span>Ian added a bit of it to the walls, so he?s created more of a panelled look to the whole room.<span>  </span>It looks very effective, and the cabin looks a lot less clinical.<span>  </span>The hardwood is now all sanded down and varnished to perfection.</span><span><o> </o></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>So, three coats of paint and varnish later, and the single cabin is once again looking nice and clean and respectable.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>And if anyone holds any more parties in there, it?ll be us!</span></p>

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