Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Navy Comes Full Circle

The San Diego Union-Tribune has a nice front page article today about the U. S. Navy’s newest type of ship propulsion, whereby diesel engines drive generators to provide electricity for electric motors which turn the propellors to actually drive the ship. Oh, really?

Look at the ship pictured at the top of this blog. She was built in 1940, and she has (are you ready for this?) four diesel engines which are permanently coupled to generators, which provide electricity for the two huge electric motors which turn the propellers. Fancy that.


  1. bruce2:08 PM

    I thought it was called a boat......

  2. Submariners call it a boat, and only in certain contexts. Anyone else calls it a boat and they risk losing teeth.