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Old 06-05-2008, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Bucksport, Maine and northern Florida
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Just thought I'd ask if anyone is around Bucksport.

Ralph
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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I believe we have a poster in Searsport, a couple in Belfast, and a few in the Blue Hill / Deer Isle area.

Have questions? You'll find them all to be quite helpful!
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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OK, Here's my favorite Bucksport story. I used to live on Verona Island and worked in the Bucksport mill for a time. The shipping department was behind and the warehouse was full of large rolls of paper. To get from the manufacturing area to the rail cars the lift trucks were going out onto the pier and back into the rail shed. The old pier surface had been covered with steel plate. It began to rain and the steel was slippery. One lift truck driver was in a hurry, skidded sideways and flipped the lift truck into Penobscot Bay. He swam to the ladder and climbed out.

The mill hired a diver to connect a cable to the lift truck so a floating barge could lift the truck out of the water. The diver went down and came right back up.

"Which one do you want?"

"Huh? What do you mean?"

"Well, there's two lift trucks down there. You want both of em?"

Two months earlier a lift truck had disappeared. After a thorough search the mill figured some truck driver had stolen it along with a load of paper. The mill got both trucks back and I don't think they ever told the insurance company they got the first one back. They just gave it a new number.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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OK, Here's my favorite Bucksport story. I used to live on Verona Island and worked in the Bucksport mill for a time. The shipping department was behind and the warehouse was full of large rolls of paper. To get from the manufacturing area to the rail cars the lift trucks were going out onto the pier and back into the rail shed. The old pier surface had been covered with steel plate. It began to rain and the steel was slippery. One lift truck driver was in a hurry, skidded sideways and flipped the lift truck into Penobscot Bay. He swam to the ladder and climbed out.

The mill hired a diver to connect a cable to the lift truck so a floating barge could lift the truck out of the water. The diver went down and came right back up.

"Which one do you want?"

"Huh? What do you mean?"

"Well, there's two lift trucks down there. You want both of em?"

Two months earlier a lift truck had disappeared. After a thorough search the mill figured some truck driver had stolen it along with a load of paper. The mill got both trucks back and I don't think they ever told the insurance company they got the first one back. They just gave it a new number.
I little expanded steel mesh welded on to that steel plate would have solved that problem.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I little expanded steel mesh welded on to that steel plate would have solved that problem.
It can also shred the tires on a lift. I worked in shipping/expediting for a long time. I remember many incidences of lifts going off a loading dock, trucks pulling out with the lift (and driver) in the truck, collisions with posts, other lifts, walls and what have you. We handled a lot of wet and or frozen fruit as well so slippery surfaces were the norm.

Sorry, I'm not in Bucksport and didn't mean to hijack the thread at all, I just got involved in the story.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Bucksport, Maine and northern Florida
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That was funny! :-)
I drove truck for 20 years and saw a number of accidents with fork-lifts. However, I am happy to say, no-one was injured.
Well, it's good to hear from folks in Maine. I am now working as a merchant mariner in the GoM (Gulf of Mexico) on a supply vessel for anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks at a time, and I really miss home. I am closing on a house in Bucksport within the next few weeks.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:19 AM
 
Location: some where maine
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OK, Here's my favorite Bucksport story. I used to live on Verona Island and worked in the Bucksport mill for a time. The shipping department was behind and the warehouse was full of large rolls of paper. To get from the manufacturing area to the rail cars the lift trucks were going out onto the pier and back into the rail shed. The old pier surface had been covered with steel plate. It began to rain and the steel was slippery. One lift truck driver was in a hurry, skidded sideways and flipped the lift truck into Penobscot Bay. He swam to the ladder and climbed out.

The mill hired a diver to connect a cable to the lift truck so a floating barge could lift the truck out of the water. The diver went down and came right back up.

"Which one do you want?"

"Huh? What do you mean?"

"Well, there's two lift trucks down there. You want both of em?"

Two months earlier a lift truck had disappeared. After a thorough search the mill figured some truck driver had stolen it along with a load of paper. The mill got both trucks back and I don't think they ever told the insurance company they got the first one back. They just gave it a new number.
i hauld paper out of that mill for a while.i had a lift driver drive his forks right through the bulkhead of my trailer one friday afternoon.bucksport is a nice town i have a bro that lives in orland.
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Bucksport, Maine and northern Florida
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OK, Here's my favorite Bucksport story. I used to live on Verona Island and worked in the Bucksport mill for a time. The shipping department was behind and the warehouse was full of large rolls of paper. To get from the manufacturing area to the rail cars the lift trucks were going out onto the pier and back into the rail shed. The old pier surface had been covered with steel plate. It began to rain and the steel was slippery. One lift truck driver was in a hurry, skidded sideways and flipped the lift truck into Penobscot Bay. He swam to the ladder and climbed out.

The mill hired a diver to connect a cable to the lift truck so a floating barge could lift the truck out of the water. The diver went down and came right back up.

"Which one do you want?"

"Huh? What do you mean?"

"Well, there's two lift trucks down there. You want both of em?"

Two months earlier a lift truck had disappeared. After a thorough search the mill figured some truck driver had stolen it along with a load of paper. The mill got both trucks back and I don't think they ever told the insurance company they got the first one back. They just gave it a new number.
I re-read this post and laughed again. The Penobscot River/Bay is cold too. :-)
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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True stories are the best.
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