Marine Engineering Historical Library
After a while, every professional must consider the implications of the past into their day to day activities. There are plenty of popular references to the importance of the past, in predicting the future, and it is in this context that this area of Martin's Marine Engineering Page - www.dieselduck.net was born.
A good deal of the files below, are in Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf). Download the free Acrobat Reader program to view them.
Our most popular historical pages
- Biography of Rudolph Diesel - A condense version, with pictures and related files.
- Prime mover developments - A chronological timeline of important events in the development of the diesel engine, and other prime movers of ships.
Doxford opposed piston engine
- Main Area (short history, types, links, documents, etc)
- Pictorial of the Sunderland "Works"
- Damages resulting from various failures
- Technical drawings
- List of Doxford engines in Argentinean ships
- List of Doxford engines in Norwegian ships
- List of Doxford engines in Chinese ships
- List of Doxford engines in Australia ships
- 2010 Opposed piston renaissance
Articles and other interesting tidbits
- Engineers on the foundering Titanic
- Detroit Diesels North American diesel icon
- Robert Swanson blows his horns across the world
- Liberty ships - some history after the war
- Liberty Ships - A complete list
- Liberty Ships - a list of modified ships
- Flags and Gun Salutes - A guide
- On ship's names
- Russian icebreaker fleet development
- Legends of liners
- Birth of the bulker
- A word from the QE2's Chief Engineer
- Engineers at sea: exploring our roots
- Seasoned sailor terms
- Sailor's glossary
- Sailor's glossary - terms used in 1814
- Sailor's weather tips
- Denis Grifiths' British Marine Industry and Diesel
- 1954 Popular Science article on ships Running on Seawater
- Cunard Liners
- History of fuel injection
- The Greatest Liners in Detail
- The Greatest Transatlantic Shipping Lines
- White Star Liners
- 2006 Russia's Nuclear Icebreaker fleet
- 2006 Short history of the container
- Popular Science on the "new" Normandy
- 2004 History of undersea cables Part 1
- 1983 Nuclear Merchant Ship Savannah
- 2000 About Samuel Cunard
- 1939 NZ 1st Class ME Questions
- 1939 NZ 2nd Class ME Coastal Exams
- 1939 NZ 2nd Class ME Exam Questions
- 1939 NZ Local MS Exam Questions
Historical Books from around the world
- 2013 Teekay_The_First_40 Years (pdf, 8.4 mb)
- General Engineering Knowledge (steam primarily) from the 1940's, issued by the US War Shipping Administration :
- 1903 Life_in_the_mercantile_marine (EPub, 0.3 mb)
- 1868 Local_marine_board_examination (USA deck officers) (EPub, 0.4mb)
- 1916 Sothern Verbal Notes for Engineers (pdf, 48mb)
- History of Danish shipping company Rederiet M.H. Simonsen (pdf, 6.7mb)
- Hodder Tugs - Story of local Vancouver BC Tug company (pdf, 7.2mb)
Tom Bates, a contributor to the site, is the initial driving force behind these; he kindly submitted many old and interesting drawings, plans and was the seed for this area of the site. Thank you.
General Layout of a German
buit in 1908
||General arrangment drawings of the drill rig Deepwater Horizon, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico while under charter to BP, claimin 11 souls, and causing the worst oil spill in history.|
Machinery / piping drawings of the 1900 built German
Piping drawings of the 1903 built German
Beautiful detailed drawings of the machinery and hull of French
1884 drawings of the
French Navy's Milan. Main machinery, and GA.
1886 French Navy torpedo boat,
Salve detailed in
these hull and machinery drawings.
Detailed drawings of hull and machineryof the French Navy
Cassini, built in 1894.
|GA and Hull drawings of the large Diesel powered French Navy warship, Amiral Charner, built in 1932.||
1300 ton Diesel powerred cargo ship,
Golo, is featured
in these GA, hull and machinery drawings from 1933.
The very tight confines of the engine room of
Haida is featured in these layout drawings from 1942.
These General Arangement drawings from 2003 are of the classic
steam powered yacht
The Diesel powered yacht
featured in this GA drawing.
powered tug is featured in this GA drawing.
These numerous drawings feature engine room machinery details of
a French Navy
battle ship, and smaller torpedo boat.
||ER layout of Sir Parson's yacht, Turbinia, which made a splashy entrance during the Royal Navy Fleet review of 1897.|
|Selected pages from the October 1912 edition of Marine Engineer and Naval Architect magazine.||1867 general plan of the French Navy Monitor|
|1937 Engineering drawings of a Steam Winch.||1886 detailed drawings of a small French Navy, steam powered launch|
|1937 Engineering drawings of a Triple Expansion Steam Engine.||1913 General plan of the USS Jupiter, looks like a collier|
|1939 Engineering drawings of a pump.||1922 Engine room plan of the MS San Benito, a turbo electric driven cargo ship|
|1939 Engineering drawings of various Auxilliary Machinery.||1922 Elevation drawings of the engine room of the steamer Tuscania|
|1939 Engineering drawings of a Circulation Pump.||Detailed drawings of the French Navy steam powered torpedo patrol boat|
|1939 Engineering drawings of a Steam powered ship's helm.||General engine room plan of the liner Cap Arcona|
|1939 Engineering drawings of Steam Auxiliary.||Detailed drawings of the steam powered French Navy warship Kersaint|
|1939 Engineering drawings of Electrical equipment.||Engine room layout of the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Haida, tribal class warship|
|General arrangement of the French Navy's Corsaire, a high speed torpedo boat, 1893.||A fantastic look in and around the US Coast Guards icebreaker Mackinaw|
|General arrangement of the MS Crux, a twin screw, motor freighter.||General arrangement comparison of the engine room on Olympic and Titanic.|
|General arrangement of the MS Dominion Miller, featuring a four cylinder Doxford main engine.||A write up in the October 1912 edition of the Marine Engineer and Naval Architect magazine, of the Sabathe Marine Oil Engine.|
|General arrangement of the MS Louisiana, featuring a B&W main engine.||General arrangement of the engine room on SS Aquitania.|
|A write up in the October 1912 edition of the Marine Engineer and Naval Architect magazine, of the MS Monte Penedo, the first German built motor ship.||A write up in the October 1923 edition of the Marine Engineer and Naval Architect magazine, on the SS Port Hardy, a refrigerated liner.|
|General arrangement of the engine room of the MS Pinzon, featuring a 1250 hp six cylinder diesel motor.||General arrangement of the SS Sjomand, a 1922 oil tanker.|
|General arrangement of the engine room on the MS Tantalus. State of the art 1923 B&W twin inline 8 cylinder engines.||General arrangement, and detail engineering drawings of the French Navy, 500 hp steam ships, Victorieuse & Prevoyante.|
|General arrangement of the engine room on MT Capena.||ER layout of various steam turbine driven ships of the first half of the 1900's.|
|Side drawing of the lumber steam schooner Wapama (aka Tongass). A type of vessel used in the West Coast trade in the 1900's.|
Other areas of the site which may be of interest to you
- The Ship's Library contains the bulk of our collection of articles, exam help, documents and such. One area, past accident reports, could also be of interest in historical sense, click here to see this area.
- Most of my original works is published on the blog, The Monitor. Over 2006 - 2012, over 500 blog entries have been made there.
- The Marine Picture Archive holds collection of images of ship pictures, both new and old, but most now reside on sister website, www.seafarermedia.com. The Video Library also has some interesting media to browse and download at will.
On the web - Interesting reading
- A large library of US warship ship drawings
- Brad sent us a link to his extensive archives on Woodwards controls
- Read about a massive typhoon that the US Navy unsuccessfully challenged in Dec 1944.
- Read about un-happy demises of various engineers at the Doomed Engineer
- Historical perspective of inventions are discussed at Engines of our Ingenuity
- Retired Dutch Engineer Verheijden compiled this website on the Doxford engine (available above, as well)
- Oil Rig Disasters are chronicled by Simon in the UK
- US Submarine propulsion diesel engines history and function explained
- Ocean Research Group has shipwreck stuff
- Old Tacoma Engines has some neat stuff on older engines
- Great Lakes Shipwreck has some neat info
- Lardex offer Norwegian seafarer stories, I think, because its all in Norwegian
- Canadian Naval History is preserved by Naval Marine Archives
- UK museum Internal Fire - Museum of Power
- UK museum on Hovercrafts
- University of Washington's Waterfront Worker's History Project
- Tour the US merchant marine nuclear powered ship Savannah
- The SS John Brown is part of the Liberty Ship Project
- Flotilla Australia history of ships down under