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Offline skilly56

Re: QE2 Engines (diesel-electric powerplant)
« Reply #150 on: Oct 27, 2018, 11:31 PM »
I was reminded recently by a fellow black-gang member that we assisted in doing a crankshaft change on a ship (it could have been a large foreign factory ship - I can't remember too much about this job now) when we were apprentices back around 1970/71. After all the work had been done, the ship set sail for the Southern Ocean, where it had some sort of problem and promptly sank!


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Re: QE2 Engines (diesel-electric powerplant)
« Reply #151 on: Oct 28, 2018, 05:39 AM »
From the desk of the Chief Engineer:

In response to request to visit the engine room, which for security reasons could not be granted this FAQ leaflet was produced and can be seen on Diesel Duck/Marine Engineering history website

Still have this leaflet or a similar one...more scanning required and uploading to Flickr sometime  :)
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« Reply #152 on: Dec 09, 2022, 12:06 AM »

Hello everyone. I thought you may enjoy this little video about the QE2’s power plant. All these years later and the day I stood in the ships engine room, as we were sailing at 30 knots up the Australian coast, is one of my strongest memories of the ship. It was just amazing. The noise, the heat, the roar of the engines. And the Chief engineer Paul Yeoman was SO proud to show us around. Anyways, here’s a few minutes of QE2 engine info:   Not a valid youtube URL
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Re: QE2 Engines (diesel-electric powerplant)
« Reply #153 on: Dec 09, 2022, 02:23 AM »
Great video !
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« Reply #154 on: Dec 10, 2022, 06:11 PM »
I always find it amusing......All that money spent, and they couldn't find an extra 30 quid to get a new chair for the control room!

Great video by the way Chrism Thanks!

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« Reply #155 on: Dec 11, 2022, 05:30 AM »
A few photos I took when in the machinery spaces. Around 2015 or '16 I received a query from Hayne's Publishing in Yeovil, England, - they believed I might have a few photos taken in Off-limits Areas that they would like to use in their up-coming manual on how to operate the QE2. So I sent them around 1,100 photos taken by my son and myself, and they used nearly 50 of them in the book.

I have attached just a few below,

1.   In the Engine Control Room - there had to be a senior engineer in here at all times.
2.   Chief Engineer Paul Yeoman at the shaft telegraphs.
3.   A spare main engine cylinder liner - the engines are 580 mm bore x 640 mm stroke.
4.   Between two of the nine engines. The engines are 227 tonnes each, the bedplate for each DG set weighs 50 tons, and each
      10,000 volt alternator weighs 70 tons. (I don't know how the C/E's pamphlet on the engine room got the engine weight wrong by
      127 tons? Just by looking at them I knew the value was wrong, so I went onto the M.A.N B&W website and got the correct
      weights). I operated 4 smaller versions of this same engine design on another ship I was on for a while. Very reliable if you look
      after them correctly. And they are NOT MAN engines, as in 'man'. They are M-A-N engines-with each letter said individually.
5.   Looking aft down the port propeller shaft tunnel. The doormats keep the shaft polished so corrosion pits and defects can easily be
6.   The Stbd prop shaft Oil Delivery Box - this unit is held stationary on the spinning shaft, and has chambers within it that have oil
      seals that run on the shaft to prevent leakage between the chambers, and out the ends of the unit. High-pressure hydraulic oil is
      forced into one chamber or the other, and that oil then passes through drillings in the propeller shaft to the propeller hub at the aft
      end. Once at the hub, the oil pressure then forces the servo piston in the hub to move either forwards or backwards in the hub
      cylinder, and thus rotates the propeller blades via the crosshead and the individual slipper blocks. Hope this isn't too complicated.
7.   The motor shaft pedestal bearing, just behind the propulsion motor. The casing on the left of the photo is the aft end of the 400-
      ton propulsion motor, and stands 5 decks high, so is a bit awkward to photograph in situ!
8.   A photo of one of the two 400-ton, 44-MW prop motors being assembled. Every now and again a USA website will advertise they
      have just manufactured the world's largest ever electric motor. I just forward them this photo, with a few specs, and funnily
      enough, their website will suddenly undergo a couple of changes! The motors were manufactured at the G.E.C. Rugby Works.

In the Hayne's manual, I sent in the photos to them with a brief description, and Stephen Payne (naval architect who was responsible for the QM2) then expanded my text if so required.
« Last Edit: Dec 13, 2022, 01:29 PM by skilly56 »

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Re: QE2 Engines (diesel-electric powerplant)
« Reply #156 on: Dec 11, 2022, 04:40 PM »
Great pics Skilly, thanks.
re: the last pic. When one of the Engineers saw a view similar to that pi, the comment was something like " That's a big-ass lump 0'  kit, innit?"

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Re: QE2 Engines (diesel-electric powerplant)
« Reply #157 on: Dec 11, 2022, 11:02 PM »
Amazing photos and facts, thanks!

An engine room tour in Dubai could be excellent.  That ship is so significant and so remarkable and unique in so many ways, and I don't think it's coming across to their visitors.  The propellors are sitting outside the ship, and I don't think people appreciate how special and powerful they were.  I know we had a debate here, but if I remember correctly we certainly all agreed they were the most powerful propellors ever fitted to a passenger ship... But the sign certainly doesn't say that.
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