SS Manxman - steering gear

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    "Photographed at the Pallion yard in Sunderland before the vessel's ultimate scrapping. This is the steering flat at the stern and accessed by lifting a heavy metal cover. Built in 1955, Manxman was one of the last generation of steam passenger ferries operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company - see [[264390]]. This is the only layout like this I've ever seen. The steering gear consists of two pairs of opposed hydraulic rams operating on the big square block on top of the rudder stock - this is attached to the vertical shaft just right of centre. What I found most interesting though was that the hydraulic power was generated by a pump driven by the inverted vertical compound (enclosed) steam engine on the left. Across the back of the picture is the 'hunting gear' that allows the rudder to follow the helm. If I recall correctly, the gear was by John Hastie & Co of Greenock." Photo by Chris Allen, 2005.
  • Owner

    Chris Allen
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 3 years, 9 months ago
    Viewed: 249 times
    Picture Taken: 2005-11-04
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