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Britannic I

Postby steve » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:32 pm

From Vol. 1 issue 2 of the "Model Engineer and Amateur electrician" dated February 1898

"The White Star Liner "Britannic" has just completed her 250th round voyage to and from New York, and her 500th passage acros the Atlantic. This means that she has travelled a distance of 250 times 6,200 nautical miles, or more than one million and three quarter statute miles without renewal of engines or boilers, a performance probablt without parallel in the history of steam navigation. she has carried 57,400 saloon passengers, and 165,500 steerage passengers. Under steam 114.000 hours, and 106,800 hours under weigh, she has consumed 513,000 tons of coal, and her engines have made 350 million revolutions. The "Britannic" commenced running in the Liverpool and New York service of the White Star Line in 1874, and the "Germanic" in 1875. The latter re-engined and re-boilered in 1895, and with passenger quarters remodelled on the plan of "Teutonic" and "Majestic", has gained both in speed and popularity. The former continues to work with her usual regularity."
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Re: Brttannic

Postby VW1956 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:34 pm

Hello Steve. Those figures you give make for some amazing facts. I wonder how they compare with a modern cruise ship. 250 round trips to and from New York and over half a million tons of coal. Dont know if it's too late to do an edit but title should read Britannic 1. Thanks for posting. Ken.
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Re: Britannic I

Postby cameron » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:45 pm

Impressive figures there! The first Britannic is a overshadowed ship in some respects, she had a long and great career with the white star line.

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Re: Britannic I

Postby Worthington » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:57 pm

Those are fascinating facts and it is amazing to think of any ship travelling that far without renewal of engines or boilers. I truly wonder if any ship today would be able to match such a feat.
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Re: Britannic I

Postby pat toms » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:30 pm

in the subject of brittanic i wonder if steam engines were more reliable than diesel engines,is nuclear power,the best nowadays for ships?
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Re: Britannic I

Postby Michael H. Standart » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:02 am

>>in the subject of brittanic i wonder if steam engines were more reliable than diesel engines<<

Diesel didn't exist at the time the Britannic 1 was built.

>>is nuclear power,the best nowadays for ships?<<

Depends. First, let's make sure we understand one thing: nuclear power IS steam power. The only difference is that a nuclear reactor is used to heat water in a closed pressurized loop then run through a heat exchanger to which produces saturated steam.

While widely used on naval vessels, nation states can generally afford to recruit, train, and retain the specialists which are needed to operate such a plant safely. With merchant vessels, it's been used and while technically successful, has been so expensive to operate that it just isn't cost effective.

If oil keeps going up at the rate it is...and let's face it, even if we don't see the end of oil in our lifetimes, it WILL run out....this picture may change. The problem is that there just isn't that much recoverable uranuim on the planet to make it any more then an intirim solution.
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