Thursday, June 25, 2015

Every man who runs a traction engine ought to know something of the magnitude of the force he is working with. 
He ought to know something about the strength of materials in his boiler and engine. He ought to know the exact construction of every part of his machine.
He ought to know how to make all the necessary repairs and make all necessary adjustments and he ought to be familiar with the scientific laws governing every operation of an engine or any of its parts.
-Steam Engine Guide, by Professor P.S. Rose


  1. I doubt that one in a hundred could do that today... sigh.

  2. Steam can be harmless, like the faint vapor rising from a cup of coffee, or it can be powerful enough to hurl large aircraft into the air and strong enough to move a big chunk of metal through the ocean at really impressive speeds. And just like a lot of other powerful tools, it will kill you if you do not pay attention to what is going on.

    And no, the days of the coal fired Navy were long before my time.

  3. John - wonderfully said. This was taken at the Maritime Museum in Astoria (worth a stop) on a trip last year.

    Ed - marrying an engineer was the smartest thing I ever did.

    Old NFO - sad but true.


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