HAVING HAD A VERY PLEASURABLE CRUISE on this ship 3 years ago, I have followed her career and, indeed, her final voyage to the Port of Dubai. Although we were restricted somewhat by the perimeter fence, it was wonderful to see that the ship is still very much ‘alive’, with diesel smoke clearly seen rising from that famous, iconic funnel. She must still be running large generators to create that amount of smoke - does this mean she could still be put to sea?
Also worth visiting are the Arab Dows that load cargo bound for North Africa and Iran. Cars, steel, timber, refrigerators, matches (pallets of them), furniture etc, from the Inner Port, all loaded by mobile crane or ‘hand-balled’ on. The Dows are enormous and must carry in excess of 300 tons. Some are in a very poor state cosmetically, and goods are lined up all along the quay and sheeted down for security purposes. It was very interesting to watch all the activity that must have been a common sight in the UK many years ago.
Compton House, Vicarage Lane, Denton
Northampton, NN7 1DT
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