USS Midway  13            7-2014

There is a lot to see in the engine room.



Crew monitoring the engines.



The engines made 212,000 horsepower total and propelled it through the water at 33 knots (38 MPH). The Midway went fast enough that you could water ski behind it. And did17.5 knots (20 MPH) in reverse.



The engines are steam turbines, which is a device that extracts thermal energy from pressurized steam and uses it to do mechanical work on a rotating output shaft. Because the turbine generates rotary motion, they were also used to drive an electrical generator which made electric power for the ship.



The ship would draft 35 feet under water in 1991, but today it's about 29 feet. The ship displaces 70,000 tons when full.



Gages to monitor the boilers that make the steam for the engines. The Midway had 12 boilers and used 100,000 gallons of water daily.



The ship had four high pressure and four low pressure turbines. The turbines were driven by 600 PSI and the steam temp was 850 degrees. Needless to say the engine room was another hot area.



The Midway's generators made enough electricity for one million people.









One of the eight turbines.


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