03 December 2010

Getting Pumped Up

From The Glasgow Herald on this day in 1935:



Captain Sir Edgar Britten, the Commodore of the Cunard-White Star fleet and at present the commander of the Berengaria, arrived in Glasgow last night for the purpose of making a personal inspection of the Queen Mary, to the command of which he has been appointed.

Sir Edgar, who is staying at the Central Hotel, hopes to remain in Glasgow for three days.

He will visit the yard of Messrs John Brown and co. at Clydebank to-day, and will make a tour of the vessel in company with Captain Horsburgh, marine superintendent of the Cunard-White Star Line.

It was stated that Sir Edgar's inspection has no official significance, but is being undertaken from his own desire to see the giant vessel which he is to command.

In an interview he said that he did not expect to rejoin the Berengaria, but would be ashore until he took over command of the Queen Mary.

The arrival of the Queen Mary's commander coincided with an interesting stage in the vessel's history--the pumping into the storage tanks of thousands of gallons of fuel oil and lubricating oil, and the first appearance of smoke from the funnels.


The first of the three forward boilers was lit by the fuel oil, of which about 200 tons was pumped on board. The object was to boil out, so that it will be thoroughly cleaned to secure a head of steam to operate the three turbo-generators which will supply the power for the hotel services on board.

The other two forward boilers will also be lit up during the next few days.

In a similar way the other boilers in the vessel will be prepared later in December, and it is hoped that this preliminary work will pave the way for a complete engine trial in January. At this trial the whole of the engine-room mechanism controlling the propellers will be tested, but the propellers themselves will not be operated.

It is understood that at those tests the engines will be run at a speed considerably greater than is required for sailing purposes in order to prove the efficiency of the machinery. Following the engine trial the propeller shaft will be coupled, and there will be a trial at slow speed before the Queen Mary sails down the river.

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