Around the World in 80 Days
Day 35: 29 October
To the engine room which is pristine compared to the last one I saw - on The Saudi Moon II (crossed out and I written in), which shuddered and rattled and leaked oil from the cylinder casings, where Filipinos worked at temperatures of 40 Centigrade. The Susak engine room is like a library by comparison and the control room is cool and spacious. The chief engineer is anxious to show me how they can re-bore piston rings in their own workshop; Ivan, his assistant, is anxious to show us the comprehensive display of beverages in their fridge.
The engine room is unmanned from five in the evening until eight in the morning. The whole thing operates automatically, but has a system of alarms which ring through to the cabin of the engineer on duty. It's a far cry from the cinema image of the engine room, which always had Richard Attenborough or Michael Medwin about to be engulfed by seawater. Stuck to the walls are pin-up photos of great-chested ladies. One for each of the engine-room crew, according to Ivan, who seems to have picked the most statuesque for himself.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 35
- Date: 29 October
- Country/sea: Indian Ocean
- Place: Bay of Bengal
- Book page no: 116
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