Balmoral Universal


Brian Bannister from Facebook 21 Dec 2014

In August 1980 I was 4th engineer on the Balmoral Universal at anchor off Santos, Brazil.

Some of us were assembling in the bar for pre dinner drinks when the engine room fire alarm went off. There was no panic as we had a problem with the boiler blowing back thus setting off the fire alarm. I looked at the panel and every engine room fire alarm light was illuminated, it was the real thing.

Wilf Grant was the 2nd engineer and he told me to isolate the fuel to the generators, which I did. On return to the changing room I was told that Dave Craven 3rd engineer had escaped with his greaser up the tunnel escape.

The fire was duly put out by two officers in breathing apparatus.

The salvage vultures hovered but thankfully were not needed.

When the dust settled it was discovered that a fuel pipe leading to one of the generators had burst and sprayed gas oil over the generator exhaust pipe.

Two generators were badly damaged and another one was patched up to get us into Santos under our own steam.

Many engineers will agree that Rolls Royce can build excellent cars and aircraft engines but their generators were rubbish.

If anybody that was there can shed more light on it please do so as the old grey matter is getting slower!

Evidence of the damage is shown in the photos.

Vessel

Built

Years in Service

Tonnage



Balmoral Universal



1965

ex- Clan Robertson (4)

1976 renamed Balmoral Castle (3)

1979 renamed Balmoral Universal,

1982 sold to Greece, renamed Psara Reefer.



7952

Generator Fire off Santos - August 1980

Not entirely sure if this is Balmoral Universal on charter or a partially repainted Psara Reefer

Life after CI Shipping

Balmoral

Universal

4 September

En Route Rotterdam

Master

G Charleson

Chief Officer

M Negus

Second Officer

G Zupan

Third Officer

R Kirkby

Cadets

D Davies

S Wilson

Radio Officer

D Wakeford

Bosun

J Seymour

Chief Engineer

W Ogg

Second Engineer

W Grant

Jnr Second Engineer

D Craven

Third Engineer

A Carruthers

Fourth Engineer

B Bannister

Chief Frig Engineer

K Sneddon

Electrician

A Dawson

ERS

J Broadwell

Purser Catering Officer

L White

Chief Cook

T Heyworth

Second Steward

A Jewell

Curling in Canada - December 1979

Balmoral

Castle

8 November

En Route Puerto Cabello

to Summerside

Master

J Currie

Chief Officer

G Paxton

Second Officer

P White

Third Officer

K Ridgeway

Cadets

R Liley

Radio Officer

C Whittle

Bosun

J Walker

Chief Engineer

R Welch

Second Engineer

A Bloor

Jnr Second Engineer

W McCarthy

Third Engineer

B Kelly

Fourth Engineer

M Love

Engineer Cadets

M Franklyn


Chief Frig Engineer

J Ashlin

Electrician

C Tingley

ERS

W Forsyth

Purser Catering Officer

G Waugh

Chief Cook

P Hockey

Second Steward

D Mealing

Clansman - April 1980

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