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Dick Ransome / pre-crash damage to K7

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:31 pm
by Renegadenemo
Sad to have to report that 'Big Dick' Ransome passed away yesterday. A big, jovial, barrel-chested elder of Coniston, I first met Dick when he worked in the engine room of Gondola - a crazy place for such a big bloke to move around. Then I visited his barn to have a look at his steam wagon and traction engine only to discover that the living room ceiling in his cottage wasn't much higher than Gondola's deck.
A cousin of Arthur Ransome, he had, shall we say, an interesting take on people who liked to dress as pirates and invade his front garden, but he was quick to get on the tools when he came to visit us in the workshop one evening.
A cracking bloke - and a very sad loss.

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:51 pm
by Mike Bull
Aw, that's a shame- I remember when he came to visit the workshop with Robbie, and him looking through the archive pics and pointing out his mop that can be seen hanging over the boat in many of the boathouse shots. :(

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:03 pm
by sheppane
Dick on the 4th of November 1966, watching as K7 is launched for the first time.
He is the large imposing guy behind DC. © Paul Allonby.
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He came to the rescue, with the Hadwins heavy tow truck, when K7, on the back of the Adams Bros trailer, got stuck in the mud on the 3rd of November. They fastened the tow truck to a tree, and then used the truck's winch to pull K7 to firmer ground.

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:52 pm
by Terminator
Sad news in deed Re Dick Ransome a gentle giant of a man. Eric Hadwin always said they had a great security man in Dick who would be up half the night burning the midnight oil.
I recall the many stories Dick told us over the years especially the one when he had broken his leg and Donald Campbell insisted he got into the back of the E type and drove him to his destination. Often seen at the Church House supping a pint or three and having the crack a jolly fellow that he was he will be sadly missed.
But I'm quite sure his best friend Fred Dibnah will be sharing a pint or to and the odd tale with Dick in that great bar in the sky.
Rest in peace Dick.
Novie Dzinora

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:15 pm
by Richie
Just noticed that the square window is open on the tail cover.... That was blocked off for the final run with cardboard...

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:19 pm
by Renegadenemo
Just noticed that the square window is open on the tail cover.... That was blocked off for the final run with cardboard...
...until some clumsy diver put his hand through it trying to find out what it was made of.

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:26 pm
by Mike Bull
Louis Goosens bunging up the hole...
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Note how distorted the top right quarter of the jet pipe aperture is! :roll:

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:52 pm
by Wonderboot
That is pretty bent-up...any ideas what caused that? Heat from the jet? Fitting an Orpheus in a force-niner with a lump hammer?

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:54 pm
by Richie
Yes she was in a sorry state towards the end.... But she was an aging girl by that point. I don't know of any other record breaking machine that had lasted as long as she did..... No doubt you guys will come up with a list. :D

Re: Dick Ransome

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:05 pm
by Mike Bull
It was caused when the boat sank in Lake Mead- that area was pretty bashed in, and they let a repair area in with many plenty rivets, but it was never truly circular again.