23 October 2009

Engineer's Report, Voyage 269



R.M.S. Queen Mary, Southampton, 23rd October 1956

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

Sir,

I wish to report the arrival of this vessel at Southampton on completion of Voyage 269, Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and return.

Westbound:

The vessel departed Cherbourg at 12.15 a.m. on the 12th October, 1956 and revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 8.48 a.m. the same day, and then maintained until reduced to 172 r.p.m. at 9.08 a.m. on the 13th October.

Owing to Heavy weather on the 13th October, Revolutions were reduced to 162 r.p.m. at 6.34 p.m. and after a period of 2 hours 20 minutes were increased to 172 r.p.m. at 8.54 p.m.

At midnight on the 13th October revolutions were reduced to 170 r.p.m., again reducing to 168 r.p.m. at 9.17 a.m. on the 14th October.

At 9.44 a.m. on the 14th October revolutions were reduced to 172 r.p.m., increasing again to 174 r.p.m. at 10.00 a.m. and further increasing to 175 r.p.m. at 10.31 the same day.

From 8.00 p.m. and onwards on the 14th October, the steam superheat and feed-water temperatures were gradually reduced, revoltuions being reduced accordingly until arrival off the S.S. "ANIA", position 41.10 n., 51. 40. W. at 11.57 p.m. the same day. After Manoeuvering main engines to bridge telegraph orders we proceeded on the passage to New York at 5.00 a.m. on the 15th October.

Owing to hurrucane conditions, various increases were carried out until 4.56 p.m. on the 15th October., when, after a period of 11 hours 56 minutes reduced speed, revolutions were gradually increased to 175 r.p.m.

These revolutions were maintained until 9.00 p.m. on the 16th October, when the steam superheat and feed-water temperatures were gradually reduced, revolutions being reduced accordingly.

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

New York:

9080 tons of oil fuel were shipped in New York and the Vessel departed Pier 90 with 8640 tons on board.

Two (2) water tube boiler were cleaned externally, also the centre funnel uptakes and lower funnel hatch platforms etc. cleaned by the Harbor Marine Corp.

Eastbound:

The vessel departed the Company's berth at 5.00 a.m. on the 18th October 1956 and cleared A.C.L.V. at 7.12 a.m. the same day, when revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. the same day.

These revolutions were maintained until 5.00 p.m. on the 22nd October, when revolutions were reduced to 168r.p.m.

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

The Engineer Officers' Accomodation has been inspected daily by the Staff Chief Engineer and a Platform Second Engineer Officer.

The Ratings' Quarters have been inspected daily and an Engineer Officer has attended their mess-room at all times, no complaint of any note being received.

The following are the particulars of the Westbound and Eastbound Passages:

Oil Fuel per hour: WB 46.02 EB 47.90
Oil Fuel per 24 hours: WB 1104.48 EB 1149.60
Oil Fuel per Mile: WB 1.769 EB 1.676
Oil Fuel per 3000 Miles WB 5150.70 EB 5028.90

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.

Yours faithfully,

R. Johnston
Chief Engineer

From www.cunardqueens.com

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