QE2 Tour:

The Engine Room.

Four of the nine MAN diesel electric engines powering the QE2 at a cost of $209 million US.

A spare cylinder head for one of the MAN engines.

One of the most fascinating things I saw: the yellow arrow points to a shaft which was turning... the actual shaft driving one of the ship's propellers! It was an incredible thing to see.

A shipping box in the engine room. Don't ask me why I took this picture, it just occurred to me that it would be a good idea! :-)

   

One of the electrical generators on board QE2. If you pull this ship up alongside the Isle of Man (population approx. 75,000), she is capable of supplying the entire island's power without difficulty.

The QE2's engine room is a rare sight. Indeed, few non-crew members have ever set foot there, says Chief Engineer, Steve Hare. Thanks to Chief Hare and Mr. Martin however, we were given the very special treat of a glimpse of the powerhouse necessary to move this giant ship.

It's expectedly loud down there below the water level, down in the proverbial bowels of the ship, amidst the nine giant Man diesel engines putting out over 120,000 horsepower and propelling this liner through the Atlantic with such effortlessness. To actually see the propeller shaft turning was a truly awe-inspiring thing. We got a very keen sense of the incredible power in place down here. It really gave us both a new look at the ship itself... at everything behind the luxury up on deck that everyone sees and takes for granted.


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