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I am a motor mechanic by trade so have a bit of a thing about engines, so when i finally went down into the engineroom I was awe struck. I know that the Sulzer engine used in this ship is small in comparison to other ships but when when you have never seen a ships engineroom this is BIG! On my forst trip I only managed about twenty minutes dowm here, on the second trip I spent much longer investigating the main engine space and also that of the converted No4 hold, on my third trip I removed the telegraph repeater, gauges and various other bits an pieces fom the fuseboard.
Here is a picture of the cylinderheads on the main engine, George Fairbrass who worked in the enginerooms on a number of the Bowater ships has told me that he was paid one hours overtime a day to polish these. Although they weren`t in a polished condition when I took these photographs the engineroom as a whole was in a very good condition and a credit to the engineers that had looked after things down here.
Sulzer SD60
Cylinderheads on main engine
When I contacted DSND Survey, the ships last operating owners the Geotechnical manager informed me that all the orignal machinary was in very good working order and that the main engine was started occasionally while she was laid-up. The machinary that was used for the positioning thrusters however was not quite so reliable and they were having alot of trouble with the electrical systems and struggling to get spare parts in general.
Exhaust uptakes
Machine shop in the engineroom, this had some really good quality drilling, milling and lathe machinary in it to make those odd bits that break. There were also quite a few spares to be found.
The two sides of the main engine block section. In the top left can be seen the entrance to the second machinary space, and on the engine the fuel lift pump.

I wrote countless e-mails to maritime museums in the U.K and the Science Museum in London to see if the engine could be saved, after all there can`t be to manyvof these kicking about now. Unfortunately no one was interested in taking the job on.

Ruston and Hornsby generator sets, I even tried to save these but the maritime museums and the Science Museum in London were not interested.
Another one of my favourite photographs
Engineers stand was a joy to behold and I managed to bring most of it home
Telegraph repeater
Engine gauges and cylinder temperature gauge
Sunderland Forge fuseboard another item I attempted to save to no aveil, I did however liberate an ampmeter and a voltmeter to add to my collection as well as circuit tags
Propeller shaft and tunnel, I must admit I did not venture down there.
The way to the second engineroom converted No4 hold.
To the left you can see the Mireless generator sets that were installed in the second machinary space. Morten managed to find a buyer for these before the ship was finally sent to Latvia for demolition. Alot of damage was done to the ship getting them out.Above is part of the Hydraulic set up which operated the positioning thrusters that were installed in the hull in the 1972 rebuild.
To the left are the stairs that led down to the electricians workshop and stores, above is the electricians workshop.
Opereating instructions for the Brown and Ferguson built steering gear.
Ships steering flat, there is an awful lot of machinary involved in making a ship turn
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Final trip and deaprture to Latvia
Elizabeth Bowater
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