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September 23

September 23

Throttle Board

This is the control panel in the engine room of the USS Midway.
The 210,000 horse power engines of the 69,000 ton Aircraft Carrier are controlled from here.
Commands from the bridge arrived here in two ways, how fast or ahead or astearn,
through the ship's telegraph which can be seen between the two wheels on the left,
and how many revolutions the propellers should turn through the device with the three knobs on the right.
When these commands were made from the Navigation Bridge eight decks above they would appear in the engine room instantaneously.
This was much more efficient than conveying commands through the phone which can be seen on the lower right, due to the noise.
In addition to this, the crew of the engine room was alerted to any changes made through a series of brass bells.
Computers in modern ships have done away with all of this.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
1/160s f/4.0 at 15.0mm iso3200 full exif

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Will Hoskins26-Sep-2013 14:36
Computers are more accurate and efficient, but they're not as beautiful as brass. V
Helen Betts25-Sep-2013 17:15
Wow, fascinating array of equipment and an excellent capture of it. Thanks for all the information as well. V.
Frank Brault25-Sep-2013 01:09
A wonderful image! So complex a panel and so beautiful and interesting. D.m the computers - full speed ahead. V
janescottcumming24-Sep-2013 21:53
That's a lot of dials to keep your eyes on. Interesting photo and information. V
Patrick F24-Sep-2013 20:19
Very great shot of this control panel!!! In wich year it is build??? V++++++
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)24-Sep-2013 14:54
WOW! Well captured.V
John Armstrong24-Sep-2013 14:47
Great shot! V
globalgadabout24-Sep-2013 14:26
what a lot of data for the crew to monitor and process...a complex and intriguing scene..
Margot W24-Sep-2013 13:52
Beautiful array of instruments.
Ken Chambers ARPS24-Sep-2013 13:45
Thanks Walter, for the explanation on how it all works... Very interesting .
Carol Rollins24-Sep-2013 13:16
Wow, that is very impressive. Excellent details.
Stephanie24-Sep-2013 12:43
Wonderful view of this control panel! Can't wait to see it in person! :) V
Tom LeRoy24-Sep-2013 11:18
Totally amazing how this all works, and so efficient. Impressive capture. V
Colin Storey24-Sep-2013 09:41
Fantastic image and great information. v
Carol How24-Sep-2013 07:32
What an impressive array ~ very hard to believe that things could be efficiently watched.... very nice capture V
coaster24-Sep-2013 06:29
Cool shot!
Don Mottershead24-Sep-2013 05:51
Very interesting writeup.
fotabug24-Sep-2013 05:28
Wow, looks pretty complicated! V
Gerard Koehl24-Sep-2013 04:42
Superbe. V
Bryan Murahashi24-Sep-2013 04:32
An amazing collections of gauges. Neat to see the shiny and period steering wheels. V
joseantonio24-Sep-2013 04:08
Wow. amazing capture. Very different from our modern times.V.
Jim Coffman24-Sep-2013 02:58
This is very impressive!! Wow, what a great image...
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