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Painting of Sinkiang
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No: 887   Contributor: James A. Pottinger   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Unknown
Painting of Sinkiang

painting of cargo vessel Sinkiang.
Picture added on 21 January 2007
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When I was 15 in 1955 I travelled on this ship from Sydney to Pt Moresby. In Brisbane we took on a number of heavy bulldozers using the jumbo derrick and transferring water from one ballast tank to another as each bulldozer was swung around to the hatch opening and lowered to the bottom of the ship. One was secured in the open on the forward well deck. It broke loose while the vessel was riding out a cyclone in the Coral Sea wrecking the stairs to the welldeck and damaging the bulwarks as it skidded back and forth. The master wanted to dump it overboard to reduce the risk to the stability of the ship. Chinese crew with ropes around their waists tried to cut away the bulwark with an oxy-acetylene torch without success. Large pieces of timber about 4" x 4" were dropped in to the well deck to try to jam it which eventually worked. A couple of pieces flew up in to the air when they were broken. No one was hurt but the noise of the bulldozer skidding on the steel deck had everyone a bit alarmed.

How can I find out what the artists connection was with this ship or why he painted it.

Added by Robert Campbell on 17 July 2007.
Hello Robert,
I worked with Swire for many years in Greenock and Aberdeen, and painting was done for Ch. Engineer Trevor-Kay Russell, good to hear from you

Added by Jim Pottinger on 05 September 2007.
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