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Engine Room

Engine Room

Courtesy: The Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing

Engine room of the USS Oregon. This is where the steam energy from the fire room was "changed" into power and thus transferred to the ships' propellers which drove the ship forward (or backward). The conditions in the engine room were no better than those in the fire room. The moving machinery could crush a man if he was not paying attention and if a steam line developed a leak, even one small in size, the immense pressure could severe a person. 

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Cut-away view

Cutaway drawing courtesy of the American Society of Naval Engineers

 

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