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Condition of Ship
The majority of those interviewed
attended the vessel during hours of darkness
and when on board ventured little further than the accommodation.
However, the general opinion was
that the vessel was not in a well maintained codntion.
Those that could recall the ship's previous visits,
under the name Acacia, were of the opinion
that even then the ship was not well maintained.
The air conditioning was not working
and the accommodation was very warm;
the crew were reportedly sleeping in the alleyways and out on deck.
The accommodation was stated to be in a 'rather sad state',
'very scruffy, many deep rustly patches in floors',
'smell of sewage and everything, a really dirty ship'.
The Providore gave evidence that he had commented
to others boarding at the time of the ship's arrival
'that this was the worst rust bucket he had boarded
in his 15 years of boarding vessels'.
On the morning of 12 March,
whilst he was waiting to place freezer stores on board,
the Providore stated that he strolled around the superstructure decks
and his impressions of a rust bucket 'were as true was when I first boarded;
the poop and upper decks completely rusted,
appeared as if the vessel had been laid up for some time'.
The Providore also noted that the lanyard on a life buoy
was somewhat old and had rotted,
also that around the lifeboat davits
there was a lot of rust everywhere.
The loader operators, from their vantage point above the deck,
observed rusty pipes and steam emanating from around the winches.
The shift supervisors, who had occaision to walk along the deck,
said that the deck was very rusty,
one describing it as like 'walking on cornflakes, about the worst Ive seen'.
Large clouds of steam were also recalled.
All the openings of the hatches were reported as being badly rusted.
One supervisor, who had climbed onto No 5 hatch cover
whilst directing the topping-off of Nos 6 and 5 hatches,
stated that he noticed holes in the corrugated bulkhead
between hatches 4 and 5 (the transverse bulkhead between holds 2 and 3)
through which he had been able to see daylight.
This was a four hold ship with two hatches per hold.
Another supervisor, observing the ship from the jetty just prior to sailing time,
described 'fist sized' holes in the port side of No 5 hatch cover
and holes in the port side of both Nos 5 and 6 hatch coamings;
the forward port corner of the No 5 coaming being described as
'all but rusted away and was like lattice,
only the actual corner appeared solid'.