Sadly, my time with Dive Task came to an end, Pete was really struggling to keep up with payments and income was very erratic. Time to move on. I started to work for Keliston Marine, at that time in 1980 they were based in Ipswich. The first job was using explosives on the surface. At the old surrey dock ion London.
The Surrey Commercial Docks were a large group of docks in Rotherhithe, South East London, England, located on the south bank (the Surrey side) of the River Thames.
The docks operated in one form or another from 1696 to 1969. Most were subsequently filled in and redeveloped for residential housing, and the area is now known as Surrey Quays, although the name Surrey Docks is retained for the electoral ward.
The area was to be developed and the old harbour wall was still in place and needed to be removed to create a foundation for the new development. We moved in to use a compressed air rock drill, drilling specific holes at intervals , then inserting plastic explosives into the holes all connected via a cortex charge. A detonator was attached to the cortex and BOOM !! job done.
This was my first experience with plastic explosives.
Samples of semtex and other plastic explosives
Semtex is a general-purpose plastic explosive containing RDX and PETN. It is used in commercial blasting, demolition, and in certain military applications.
Semtex was developed and manufactured in Czechoslovakia, originally under the name B 1 and then under "Semtex" designation since 1964,[note 1] labeled as SEMTEX 1A, since 1967 as SEMTEX H and since 1987 as SEMTEX 10.
This contract was only a short one we had completed it with in 7 or 8 days. We then, as a team, moved off to another explosives job, Fraserburgh harbour in Scotland. The harbour needed to be deeper by some 10 ft due to the size of the fishing boats now coming in and out. The idea was the same as London job rock drill, this was now in 30ft of water, set charges blast and lift the boulders out by a crane.
I am happy and fulfilled, I have a property business and an online business. I have learnt to serve others ( as I hope I am doing now ) respect others for what they are trying to achieve no matter how big or small their ambition. I work on my attitude each day and look to help anyone I can on a daily basis.
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