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Titanic Wreck, Stern Section (Circa 1986) Machinery Detail 01 - Reciprocating Engines.

Continuing with the Titanic theme...these images show the Reciprocating engines - her main engines. As built, they were massive Four Cylinder beasts, but during the break-up, both engines lost their forward Low Pressure Cylinders, which have since been located in the debris field. The engines, remarkably, remained attached to the ship, upright and largely intact apart from the lost cylinders, though as can be seen in some of the images, the portside High Pressure Cylinder caved in on itself. I don't know if this damage was caused by water pressure or by the decks which collapsed down onto the engines (parts of B.C and D decks I think). To give an idea of the scale of these engines - on the model that is - they are each about the size of a 20 pack of cigarettes. As with the first batch of Images....sorry for the dodgy quality of some of them :-(

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Port and Starboard reciprocating engines...the collapsed cylinder (high pressure) indicates the port engine. This where the break occurred and is towards the forward part of the ship.

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Port and Starboard reciprocating engines together, situated approximately as they are on the wreck

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Detail views of the starboard engine (01)

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Detail views of the starboard engine (02)

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Detail views of the starboard engine (03)

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Detail views of the starboard engine (04)

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Port engine detail, showing collapsed High Pressure Cylinder.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from aft) 01.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from aft) 02.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from aft) 03.

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Starboard reciprocating engine detail 01.

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Starboard reciprocating engine detail 02.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from Fore) 01.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from Fore) 02.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from Fore) 03.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from Fore) 04.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, corrosion applied (from Fore) 05.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, Hi Pressure Cyl from above.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, Hi and Intermediate pressure cylinders 01.

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Starboard reciprocating engine, Hi and Intermediate pressure cylinders 02
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Starboard reciprocating engine, Intermediate and low pressure cylinders.

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Reciprocating Engines, showing the collapsed decks 'Shroud' 01.

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Reciprocating Engines, showing the collapsed decks 'Shroud' 02.

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Reciprocating Engines, showing the collapsed decks 'Shroud' 03.

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Reciprocating Engines, showing the collapsed decks 'Shroud' 04.

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Reciprocating Engines, showing the collapsed decks 'Shroud' 05.

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Reciprocating Engines, showing the collapsed decks 'Shroud' in situ on the engine room floor.