Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, September 18, 2015

Because It's Friday

Down in the engine room of a steamship.

Note the lag time between when the Bridge orders a bell change and when the engine responds. A good Conning Officer has a feel for how long it takes for the ship to respond to an engine order.


John in Philly said...

And there is a lot more going on in the fireroom and the engineroom then is shown in this clip.

In the old days of manual boiler tending, the water level, the amount of fuel oil and the amount of air all changed in response to a throttle change.

And in the US Navy steam turbine enginerooms, there was only 20 percent of the power available to go astern than there was to go ahead.

And if you tried to take steam to fast from the firerooms, you could drag boilers off the line.

And this leave aside the technical discussion of superheaters with separately fired furnaces.

Even in steam turbine destroyers, there were still reciprocating pumps.

CenterPuke88 said...

Immediately reminded me of Fritz Lang's Metropolis...just missing the lights.