In the letters section of the September 2015 issue of Sea Breezes, Mr Jeremy Grammer wrote to describe the visit of the MV Hebridean Princess to the port of Teignmouth last July.
In his letter, Mr Grammer refers to the bridge telegraphs as “...fully operational for controlling her two Crossely engines.” Was he speaking literally or figuratively with respect to the telegraphs controlling the engines?
My reason for asking is that, in my experience, mechanical telegraphs such as those made by Chadburns, and others, are only used to communicate the Master’s engine movement orders to the ship’s Engineers, who then operate the engine(s) accordingly. As written, someone not familiar with ships could conclude that the telegraphs were connected to the engines and controlled them directly.
M L BALL
Committee Member - Friends of the Mersey Ferries
1398 Oceanspray Drive
North Saanich, BC, Canada, V8L 5J8