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The Common Room / Re: Marine castings
« on: Wednesday 20 February 19 18:19 GMT (UK)  »
If you haven't seen the casting process either on Timeteam or on a youtube video - a hollow mould is made, moulten metal is poured into the mould and it's left to set.  The mould is eventually broken open and fingers are crossed that there's no crack in the casting.

When I was younger and worked for an earth moving machinery manufacturer,  an iron casting took three weeks to set and be delivered; a steel casting would take six weeks.

The Common Room / Re: Marine castings
« on: Wednesday 20 February 19 15:41 GMT (UK)  »
Not to mention the anchor itself  :) :)

Seems, as a castaway I need Desert Island Discs   ;D

The Common Room / Re: Marine castings
« on: Wednesday 20 February 19 15:37 GMT (UK)  »
Cast-iron engine parts


I was a bit thick to leave this out - I was thinking more of the ship's general design but of course all engine manufacturers would buy castings    In an earlier life I used to type out orders to Dorman Long, Perkins, Rolls Royce to supply engines for the company's earth moving machinery.

Anyone who has been down into a ship's engine room will know how MASSIVE the thing is.

The Common Room / Re: Marine castings
« on: Wednesday 20 February 19 15:28 GMT (UK)  »
A metal casting whether it's made of iron, steel, brass, etc., is more or less anything that hasn't been rolled to produce a flat plate or is just a simple length of tubing.

The heaviest items I can think of would be propellers and the gubbins that turned  them.  Most small items would be cast, such as Metal housings for lamps,taps, specialist shaped wheels designed to hold ball bearings(can't recall name of the darned thing)

There's a page here that mentions "casting" several times and includes a few general photos that gives an idea of the size of things:

Stern Frame:  Large casting attached to after end of keel to form ship’s stern
a Manifold casting containing several valves
Spectacle frame:   A single casting containing the bearings for and supporting the ends of the propeller shafts in a twin-screw vessel.

The Common Room / Re: lots of spinsters and bachelors
« on: Tuesday 19 February 19 16:24 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder was poverty a factor for some of those who did not marry.

I think much was to do with the "station" the family held.  Of five girls whose father had paid for them to be taught a skill (school teachers and a nurse) none married.  By the time he died the spinster nurse had become a matron in charge of a nursing home.  She subsequently married and the rest of the family agreed that she'd married beneath her "station".  She was in her 40s when she married the head gardener of the nursing home.

I never met any of them but as a child I did see oil portraits of them and they all looked pretty to me 

The Lighter Side / Re: 'Wrong' name given at baptism?
« on: Tuesday 19 February 19 14:53 GMT (UK)  »
I've got a copy of the church register where the vicar has entered the boy baby's name as the father and the father as the baby.  The parents then had a baby girl and the vicar even managed to interpolate the names again - which meant the dad was called Elizabeth  ;D   There was a handful of several younger babies but the same vicar managed to get their details right. Maybe his supply of whisky had run out lol

The Common Room / Re: lots of spinsters and bachelors
« on: Tuesday 19 February 19 14:45 GMT (UK)  »
When I was young in 1940s I was told that we had to take special care of baby boys as they tended to fall seriously ill and die.

A couple of decades ago when I started researching my father's family, this seemed to have a grain of truth in it when I discovered one of his direct paternal ancestors had had baptised three babies "John", two babies "Robert" and two babies "William. None of the baby girls had been "replaced"

There was some research published ln 2017 on immunity:-

" Genetic differences between the sexes mean newborn baby girls are less likely to fall ill with acute infections than newborn boys, a new study by researchers here has found. ... Girls have two copies of the X chromosome, while boys only have one and it is this chromosome that has more of the genes involved in immunity."

Scotland / Re: Contract of Separation
« on: Monday 18 February 19 23:31 GMT (UK)  »
It's a legal separation and the husband isn't responsible for his wife's debts.

We had a neighbour in the 1940s who had legally separated from his wife (probably couldn't afford the fees for a divorce)

I wonder if your couple's separation is in the Edinburgh Gazette.  If it is, you'll know the names of the legal team and there might be a chance of finding the documention in the archives.

Durham / Re: Typing tuition in Sunderland about 1935-1940
« on: Monday 18 February 19 20:49 GMT (UK)  »
Many schools/places of learning liked to advertise their worthiness by publishing their exam results in local newspapers.  Your problem might be solved in the local newspaper.

PS I learnt to type at night school on an Underwood typewriter.

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