How steam turbines work

From 1946, this British Council explained something to me about the genius of Parson’s invention that I hadn’t previously grasped – the role of the fixed vanes in the steam turbines that used to power mighty liners and other ships. And of course it’s yet another wonderful example of how differently we spoke in those … Continue reading “How steam turbines work”

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Spider T sails from the Humber to Arbroath: days two and three, Grimsby docks to Hartlepool

     In Grimsby Docks, off Flamborough, Spider T sailing, Flamborough light, a full mainsail. All photos thanks to Chris Horan Here’s Chris Horan’s account of the next two days of Spider T’s voyage from the Humber to Arbroath: Day two At 5am the Spider T crew were stirred from sleep by a chorus of mobile phone alarms … Continue reading “Spider T sails from the Humber to Arbroath: days two and three, Grimsby docks to Hartlepool”

Sharpie schooner Sound Waters Eagle

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] Sound Waters Eagle, schooner or a variety of ketch? From America, Peter Vanderwaart writes: ‘I found the pictures of smack and barge racing very interesting. For some reason, I especially like the shots that show several boats. I gather you can join in the fun with a fiberglass gaff cutter, if you happen … Continue reading “Sharpie schooner Sound Waters Eagle”