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Nigg 1974 East Ball
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No: 2886   Contributor: Alan Main   Year: 2015   Country: United Kingdom
Nigg 1974 East Ball

Wonder that smashed ball in the other picture is this one I was working on. I was on the one to the East on the Nigg Site in 1974.

There was a bad setup and they were trying to jack the two halves of a joint together.
I was the welder sent to weld the lugs on for the jack to push against.
I was sitting on the main platform watching to see if my handy work held while the fabricators worked away at a 50ish ton jack.

After a while there was a loud bang When a nearby (half finished I think) weld decided the strain was a bit much.

All the men on the scaffolding around the ball left in a hurry, like when you poke an ant nest with a stick.

The graph thing in the foreground is showing the progress of the heat treatment of one (or some) of the welds I think there was a bloke standing by it to make sure it registered hot enough even if it wasn't. That is what he told me whatever,

Alan Bush IS Welder
Picture added on 10 April 2015 at 12:18
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