In this post we’ll show you a small Soviet oil tanker, its interior and operating principle! You will learn what the words “Russian Diesel” mean and how the oil-tanker crew works.
Every ship traditionally begins with an anchor. The ship anchor serves two main functions – old ones adorn flowerbed and squares of seaside towns and cities, and modern ones are supposed to be thrown into the sea in order to damage an important and secret underwater communication cable. Sometimes, they even can fix a ship in the open sea!
Here is an old Soviet anchor windlass which allows choosing one of the two anchor chains, 200 meters long each. Round pointer indicators show on which depth the anchor-pressed diver lies.
The deck is a flat metal foundation with lots of different constructions on it. Approximately under that part of the deck there are petrol tank with 500 thousand liter total capacity.
The great amount of pipes of different length and diameter need to be repaired from time to time. This makes the crew busy and as a result lowers the level of debauchery among the sailors.
The shower cabin.
Smoking is not allowed on the tanker. In exchange for it, there is a special place for playing dominoes.
The crew sleeps in cockpits and state cabins. The most well-deserved members sleep in individual cabins, there are rumors that sometimes they even invite ladies there…
The most interesting place on the tanker – the switch room. The tablets say “Do not switch on! People are working!”
The big black bomb contains compressed air and serves a starter for the diesel. There are 3 bombs like this in the engine room.
The big obscure gismo in the centre of the photo is the very diesel…
The diesel has 10 or 12 cylinders, its displacement is about 350-400 liters and according to the specification it can develop 600 horsepower capacity.
Today, a diesel like this costs about one million rubles (~$35000).
This panel is supervised by a diesel operator and indicates the temperature in each cylinder.
The speed of the ship is controlled by the old speed telegraph of considerable dimensions.
The command bridge.
The shipboard analogue of aircraft autopilot.
And here, according to the ship’s plan is the place for safety boats, but we aren’t going to desert the ship, are we?