30 April 2009

Voyage 257

From CunardQueens.com, the Chief Engineer's report on this day in 1956:

R.M.S. Queen Mary, Southampton, 30th April 1956

To: T. McLaren Esq., The Superintendant Engineer,


I wish to report the safe arrival of this vessel at Southampton on completion of Voyage 257, Southampton to New York and return. 


The vessel departed Cherbourg at 1.06 p.m. on the 19th April 1956 and revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m. increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 8.00 p.m. the same day. 

These revolutions were maintained until noon on the 23rd of April when revolutions were reduced to 170 r.p.m., further reducing to 126 r.p.m. at 4.46 p.m. the same day. 

Further reductions then followed to the Master's orders to arrive at A.C.L.V. on schedule.

New York:

2279 tons of oil fuel were shipped in New York and the vessel departed Pier 90 with 6336 tons on board.

Two (2) water tube boilers were cleaned externally and the usual centre funnel uptakes were cleaned by the Harbor Marine Corp.

A complete water pump unit for the Promenade Deck York Ice Cube Machine was supplied and installed byt the Bailey Refridgeration C. Inc.

The following store Items were recieved: One (1) bottle screen cleaning fluid.


The vessel departed the Company's berth at 9.59 a.m. on the 25th April 1956 and cleared A.C.L.V. at 12.08 p.m. the same day, when revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 5.40 p.m. the same day, further increasing to 175 r.p.m. at 10.00 a.m. the following day, 26th April.

These revolutions were maintained until noon on 29th April when revolutions were reduced to 172 r.p.m.

Further reductions then followed to the Master's orders to arrive at Cherbourg on schedule.

With reference to your memorandum TK/IM of April 13th 1956. I regret that we found the new hardness test chemicls had run out, but samples have been taken using Wanklyn's Test and are available for tests on arrival.

Only five gallon bottles were taken as this test does not seem to give the same check at the same rate of flow of water and C.O.2.

These bottles have therefore been numbered and the actual hardness not stated on the Labels. I am arranging with the Chief Steward to leave about half a pint in each bottle, which, having obtained our chemicals, can be checked for accurate hardness in Southampton.

Emergency and fire drills were carried out in the Department during the Westbound and Eastbound Passages. 

Ventilation: Dust has entered rooms "B" 101 - 121 and "C" 332 - 362 through the louvres. Precautions were taken to prevent a repitition of this.

Steering Gear: Has been satisfactory. Steering by Gyro satisfactory. Trials from the after steering position satisfactory.

Engine & Boiler Rooms: New compensating resistances have been fitted in the Crockatt system for Nos. 2 and 3 Generators and the system is now working satisfactory. All oil fuel tank alarms have been tested and are working correctly.

Deck Machinery, Capstans & Windlasses: Just previous to our arrival in New York, the water pump unit for the Prom. Deck Ice Cube machine became faulty. During our stay in Port a new unti was fitted. The machine has since worked satisfactory.

"M"7 vent fan motor, comm. resurfaced, cleaned and brushes checked, and is now working satisfactory. Remainder of plant, satisfactory.

P.A. System: 1st. Class Main Lounge and Tourist Smokeroom microphones repaired during the voyage.

Kitchen Announcing System: A fault was located and removed from the "reply" push in the Confectioner's shop, otherwise the system has be satisfactory.

The following are particulars of the Westbound and Eastbound Passages:

Oil Fuel Per Hour: WB- 45.35 EB- 46.49 tons.
Oil Fuel Per 24 Hours: WB- 1088.40 EB- 1115.76 tons.
Oil Fuel Per Mile: WB- 1.6274 EB- 1.5937 tons.
Oil Fuel Per 3000 Miles: WB- 4882.20 EB- 4781.10 tons.

All Engineer and Electrical Officers have carried out their duties to my satisfaction. The general health of the department has been food throughout the voyage with the exception of Mr. H. J. Everett, Engineer Officer, Article No. L 212, who paid off on medical grounds on the vessel's arrival in Southampton.

I am, Yours faithully, Chief Engineer


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