Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"So how will that engine work anyway?"

A common question, and up until now, I had yet to find a compelling graphic aside from some video links that show marine compounds in operation.  But wonder no more ... colleague Mr Anderson sent me a link that contains a graphic of an Olympic class engine.  The White Star Line Memorial Foundation has produced this graphic:

[Throw the reverse lever over and crack the throttle ...]

Iona's engine has a high pressure and low pressure cylinder, but no intermediate cylinders.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Some holiday work

Work has slowed a little here in the dead of winter, though tonight we are experiencing a relative heat wave of 24F (-4C) compared to recent temperatures.

Christmas was duly celebrated by all at the Works ...

Here, Quinx is deep in her cups, polishing off the last of the eggnog.

I took advantage of a relatively mild day to begin laying the decking.  The sub-deck was warmed with heat lamps to help kick the epoxy.  It responded admirably.  I was surprised about the willingness of the teak to be bent laterally through as tight a curve as a 60-inch radius.  In this shot, the clamps have been removed at the sweep of the bow.  One can see the faint marks for the following planks, where they will rest against the king plank.

Meanwhile, the heated shop at work allows for continued tack up of the smoke box: