TQ3380 : HMS Belfast - forward engine room - air ejectors

taken 9 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

HMS Belfast - forward engine room - air ejectors
HMS Belfast - forward engine room - air ejectors
In condensing reciprocating steam engines it was normal to remove condensate and entrained air with a reciprocating air pump. This is usually a very easy item to identify, especially when you have seen a good number of steam engines. With all but the smallest and oldest turbines, the condensate is removed by a centrifugal pump and the air is handled either by a steam jet extractor or a liquid ring (Nash) pump.

These are the two sets of two stage air ejectors with intermediate jet condenser that are found at the forward end of the forward engine room on HMS Belfast. These can be difficult to identify in a turbine ship and on one occasion I failed to find the air handling plant (on an elderly American tanker in Hartlepool with no ship's engineer to ask).
HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast is an ex-Royal Navy Town-class cruiser and now a museum ship operated by the Imperial War Museum. Commissioned in August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, She was decommissioned in 1963 and now is located near to Tower Bridge and measures 613.5 ft (186.99 m) in length.
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Wednesday, 25 August, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 22 October, 2014
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