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Old 19 September 2018, 16:22   #1
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Any Old Trawlermen Out There ?

I'm trying to throw some light on the red markings on this Smiths Astral Clock on the Mincarlo Sidewinder Trawler in Lowestoft .

The hours are sub-divided into five X 12 minute segments . Can anyone suggest what the red marks around the perimeter , and the four , three hourly " Maltese Cross " red marks indicate please .

I believe a "typical " trawl lasted 2.75 Hours if that helps .

A free tour of said Vessel , and a pint or two of Adnams if anyone can tell me !

I'm not holding my breath.......

ps They are not " Watches " !
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Old 19 September 2018, 16:44   #2
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The red Maltese cross marks may be for the old MF and HF radio silence periods. When all routine traffic ceases to give distress and urgency traffic the chance to break through. MF was the hour and half past and HF was 15 minutes past and 45 minutes past.
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The red Maltese cross marks may be for the old MF and HF radio silence periods. When all routine traffic ceases to give distress and urgency traffic the chance to break through. MF was the hour and half past and HF was 15 minutes past and 45 minutes past.
PS - not an old trawlerman!
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Yep not a radio room man but dad was a clock restorer and Murdo has it. Usually there were the two red segments for listening watch on one frequency and green (or blue) segments for the other frequency.

That one appears to have the just after 12 and 6 segments added after the clock was made.

See this original one...
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The outside segments were apparently for timing 4s to make an accurate mayday transmission in Morse: http://ssexplorer.org/uncategorized/radio-room-clock/
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Gents , that's brilliant , thanks . The clock was indeed mounted immediately next to the radio gear .
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Jambo is suspiciously quiet....
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You suggesting that Iím an old trawler man. Iíve just crept back out of my storm shelter after yesterdayís hammering!!
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You suggesting that Iím an old trawler man!
Well, I'm pretty sure I recall you regaling company with stories of your days on a trawler - and that those days weren't "today" or "yesterday"...

But I was very careful not to say "old trawler man".

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Well, I'm pretty sure I recall you regaling company with stories of your days on a trawler - and that those days weren't "today" or "yesterday"...

But I was very careful not to say "old trawler man".



Yes you are quite right. Long time ago in my early youth I spent summers on the boats. Unfortunately Girvan is not the bustling fishing port it used to be. You high and dry for winter yet?
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