29 May 2009

Voyage 259

From Cunardqueens.com, the Chief Engineer's report from the RMS Queen Mary on this day in 1956:

R.M.S. Queen Mary, Southampton, 29th May, 1956

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


I wish to report the safe arrival of this vessel at Southampton on completion of Voyage 259, Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and return. 


The vessel departed Cherbourg at 1.24 a.m. on the 18th May 1956 and revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m. increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 8.00 a.m. and reducing to 172 r.p.m. at 12.03 p.m. the same day.

These revolutions were then maintained until 12.04 p.m. on the 19th May, when revolutions were reduced to 168 r.p.m. 

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

New York:

1732 tons of oil fuel were shipped in New York and the vessel departed Pier 90 with 5362 tons on board.

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

A W.C. discharge pipe in the deckhead of the 1st Class Swimming Pool was repaired by the Harbor Marine Corp., and deckhead finished with temporary covering only. 

One (1) T 1 thermostat, No. 24-5683 was recieved for the York Ice Cube Machines.


The vessel departed the company's berth at 5.27 p.m. on the 23rd May 1956 and cleared A.C.L.V. at 7.30 p.m. the same day, when revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 1.40 a.m. the following day.

These revolutions were maintained until 12.12 p.m. on the 26th May, when revolutions were reduced to 172 r.p.m. further reducing to 170 r.p.m. at 6.10 p.m. the same day, and 162 r.p.m. at 10.46 a.m. the following day 27th May.

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

It is requested that the removal of radio, bell and special light sockets and exposed aerial wiring fitted in the suite rooms for Sir Winston Churchill's crossing may be considered. 

The ratings' mess rooms have been inspected daily and an Engineer Officer has attended their mess rooms at all meal times. A complaint from the ratings' Mess relating to insufficient butter was found to be not short rations, but, in warm weather a wastage, by the time the night watches had their meals, due to the butter melting. The matter was quickly rectified by the Chief Steward arranging for the night watches to draw separate issue from cold cabinets as watches meals became due.

No complaints were recieved in regard to the general conditions and service in the Officers' Quarters.

Emergency and Fire Drills were carried out in the Department during the Westbound and Eastbound Passages.

Air Cooling Units: The Verandah Grill air cooling unit has greatly improved since the previous voyage and appears to be settling down. Complaints of draughts are being investigated.

Engine & Boiler Rooms: Nos. 1 and 2 H.S. Generators and Nos. 2 M.M. Generator have been blown out, cleaned and brush gear checked.

Telegraphs: Starboard Docking Bridge telegraph. New movement has been fitted, and the faulty one repaired. Remainder satisfactory.

Cargo Winches: Whilst at Southampton the starboard For'd winch was out of order from 10.45 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. due to a fault in the no volt circuit. Remainder satisfactory.

The following are particulars of the Westbound and Eastbound Passages:

Oil Fuel per hour: WB- 40.41 EB- 43.13
Oil Fuel per 24 hours: WB- 968.84 EB- 1035.12
Oil Fuel per Mile: WB- 1.4461 EB- 1.4821
Oil Fuel per 3000 Miles: WB- 4338.30 EB- 4446.30

All domestic services have been maintained in a satisfactory manner.

All Engineer and Electrical Officers have carried out their duties to my satisfaction.

The general health of the Department has been good throughout the voyage, with the exception of R. Tolton, Trimmer, Article No. P 330, who paid off on medical grounds on the vessel's arrival at Southampton.

I am, yours faithfully, Chief Engineer

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