10 June 2010

Everything Satisfactory

A report from the Chief Engineer of the Queen Mary, beginning on June 1 and concluding on this day in 1956:

To: T. McLaren Esq.,
The Superintendent Engineer, Liverpool


I wish to report the safe arrival of this vessel at Southampton on completion of Voyage 260, Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and return.


The vessel departed Cherbourg at 12.48 a.m. on the 1st June 1956, and revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m. at 7.00 a.m. the same day, and reducing to 170 r.p.m. at noon the following day, 2nd June.

These revolutions were then maintained until 12.16 p.m. of the 3rd June, when revolutions were reduced to 166 r.p.m.

Owing to fog conditions, Half Ahead was rung on the Telegraphs at 10.41 p.m. on the 3rd June. Various increased then followed until 12.08 a.m. on the 4th June, when after a period of 2 hours 27 minutes reduced speed, revolutions were increased to 168 r.p.m.

These revolutions were then maintained until 2.26 a.m. on the 5th June when revoltuions were reduced to 166 r.p.m. Further reductions and increases then followed to the Master's orders to arrive at A.C.L.V. on schedule.

New York:

7329 tons of oil fuel were shipped in New York and the vessel departed Pier 90 with 8483 tons on board.

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

The following store items were received: Two (2) filters for the ice cube machine, Eleven (11) waffle baker pilot lamps, 6.3 volt miniature base G.E. no. 46 (Outstanding from order received Voyage 258.)


The vessel departed the Company's berth at 4.06 p.m. on the 6th June 1956 and cleared A.C.L.V. at 6.09 p.m. the same day, when revolutions were gradually increased to 172 r.p.m., increasing to 174 r.p.m.at 2.10 a.m. the following day, 7th June.

Owing to fog conditions, revolutions were reduced to 170 r.p.m. at 10.52 a.m. on the 8th June, and after a period of 1 hour 8 minutes reduced speed, revolutions were increased to 174 r.p.m.at noon the same day.

These revolutions were then maintained until 12.07 p.m. on the 9th June, when revolutions were reduced to 170 r.p.m., further reducing to 166 r.p.m. at 12.07 p.m. on the 10th June. Further reductions then followed to the Master's orders to arrive at Cherbourg on schedule.

Ten (10) 1-gallon samples of water have been drawn from the Water Hardening Plant for the tea-testing purposes. The Chief Steward has been advised relative to collecting same in port.

The ratings' mess rooms have been inspected daily and an Engineer Officer has attended their mess rooms at all meal times, no complaint being received.

Engineer Officers' Quarters have been inspected daily by the Staff Chief Engineer and Platform Second-Engineer Officer.

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

Ventilation: The supply and exhaust fans have been maintained at various speeds and have run satisfactorily. Grit and dust has been reported in two instances from louvres in stateroom "M" 95 and in the 1st Class Writing Room from the systems recently cleaned out and appears to be residue of dirt left in the trunking. A Complaint of inadequate ventilation in the Stewards' Accomodation "D" Deck Amidships ("D" 46 to "D" 55, Port and Starboar sides) has been investigated and corrected.

A.C. Plant: Have fundtioned satisfactorily, and public room conditions have been maintained. A heavy gas leak at the gland of the Verandah Grill A.C. Plant 'refrig. Machine was detected, but however, the machine has been kept in service. Repairs will be carried out in Southampton. Room conditions in the Verandah Grill appear to have improved with less complaint of cold and draught than last voyage. A fault with the automatic controls has been observed and it is hoped to have this remedied in Southampton.

Elevators: Butchers' meat hoist - the bottom door for this lift is faulty and we have requested for repairs to be done in Southampton. Remainder satisfactorily.

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

Oil Fuel per hour: WB 43.26 EB 44.31 tons.
Oil Fuel per 24 hours: WB 1038.24 EB 1063.44 tons.
Oile Fuel per Mile: WB 1.5304 EB 1.5178 tons.
Oile Fuel per 3000 Miles: WB 4591.20 WB 4553.40 tons.

All domestic services have been maintained in a satisfactory manner.

During the current voyage we sailed one Engineer Officer short of full compliment. 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 W. Sherwood, Fireman, Article No. 0 369, who paid off on medical grounds on the vessel's arrival at Southampton.

I am, Yours faithfully,

R. Johnston
Chief Engineer

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