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Offline Michael Gallagher

'The Barn'
« on: May 26, 2010, 08:45 AM »
Another interesting space - immediately aft of the Bridge (starboard side) and directly opposite the Staff Captain's Office. This was also a good place to get a cup of tea during those very early morning port arrivals when it would be freezing and jet black outside.


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Re: 'The Barn'
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2010, 08:26 PM »
interesting to see Michael many thanks....

must have been a bit of carpet left over from the pursers office area..I see it in one of the pics here!

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2010, 09:28 PM »
Another interesting space...
...a good place to get a cup of tea
And spying a green sewing machine, also to make emergency repairs, perhaps?! :)

It looks as if this room with its fans and shape of the wall (#2 and #4) might have been close to the base of the funnel / hot would be interesting to know if this was the case?

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« Reply #3 on: Jun 01, 2010, 12:04 PM »
This might show in detail where the location was
Will post this also under the other sections concerned
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Re: 'The Barn'
« Reply #4 on: Jun 01, 2010, 12:06 PM »
I see two "The Barn" labels on that plan?

And interesting to note that wha we all call "The Bridge" is labelled as "The Wheelhouse".
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 24, 2011, 10:12 PM »
That plan was original, What you see going through the barn, well it was just aft was the "mast" not the funnel which carried the galley exhaust. Staff captains office and chief officer office were displaced as mentioned in another thread.
As a matter of interest the "Barn" was where the RN put their secure communications during the Falklands.

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Re: 'The Barn'
« Reply #6 on: Apr 25, 2014, 11:00 PM »
Some 'Barn' related folklore for you.
Before the re-engining the Staff Capt and Chief off didn't have offices there, the barn was the entire space from port - starboard behind the chartroom. It was where the 'logging and flogging' took place, ie discipline handed out to errant crew as required, most mornings at sea around 10am. As this area had access to the bridge it had to be secure and a Security PO manned the door to the bridge and barn. You had to knock to get in.
These duties were replaced by a camera and TV salvaged from one of the Baggage X-ray machines by myself and Brian Martin and was given the title 'C-Through PO' (This was shortly after Star Wars had come out!) Door release by a button on the bridge by the TV monitor on the forward port side of the wheelhouse. The radar transceivers were in the barn as were some of VHF radio units. The space between the Wheelhouse and the Chartroom was a walk-in electrical junction box with thousands of cables. The tiny staircase shown on that drawing at frame 243-1/2 went from the bridge up to the monkey island so what was generally not appreciated was that you could easily access the bridge by walking over the penthouse roofs, across a narrow walkway either side of the signal mast and onto the Monkey Island then straight down to the bridge as the small door at the top of that staircase was not lockable! This I did on many occasions as a short-cut to the surprise of the Officer on Watch who had not let me in with 'C-Through PO'. Custodian of the barn was - in my day - the excellent Quartermaster John O'Keefe expert at ships knots and a very competent golfer. One of his tricks was to throw a rope on the floor and pick it up as a 'bowline' knot with one hand.
Frame 241 starboard side is shown a small room on that diagram, this was the Captains Sea Cabin, a bunk where the Capt could sleep in fog with rapid access to the bridge.

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Re: 'The Barn'
« Reply #7 on: Apr 25, 2014, 11:53 PM »
Fantastic information willum, thank you!

I did the walk across the roofs of the penthouse and then past the mast when in Dubai 3 years ago so can imagine what you're talking about, but must have been Different with the ship at sea!

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Re: 'The Barn'
« Reply #8 on: Apr 26, 2014, 07:27 AM »
Thanks Willum, your information brings to life what a plan can never convey. Do you know why the area was called 'the barn'
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 26, 2014, 09:59 AM »
I'm not sure why it was called the Barn other than it was a big, mostly empty space useful for handling gear and stowing things much like a farmers barn. I suspect someone nicknamed it the Barn in the very early days and it stuck. - Yes Rob, before venturing out you'd have a sly look at the funnel smoke to check the wind speed.
As you can see from the drawing, the midships section of the barn was elevated compared to the outsides. Before the St.Capt and Ch.Officers offices were put up you could right across. That drawing implies that the starboard lower part is 'the barn' but before re-engining it was all that area. The drawing also refers to 'The barn (enclosed space) - well that's misleading as the area at the base of the signal mast was open to the elements.
The 2 white boxes shown are fan room intakes for fresh air.

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 28, 2014, 09:53 PM »
Thanks very much, Willum, for all of this marvelous information.  June
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 29, 2014, 05:49 PM »
Fantastic information!

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 29, 2014, 07:25 PM »
Thanks for all this great information.  :)
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