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John Watt

The Last Great Cruise of The Queen Mary

Chief Engineer

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Story by: The Queen Mary Archivist

Date added: 5 Oct 2017

John Watt, the Chief Engineer, was a licensed mariner and, as the four rings on his sleeve denoted, had equal rank with the Captain.

Linked to the responsibility for the engines themselves, was also that for the oil, fuel and lube, the three types of water and the stocks of spare parts.
• On the list for the Final Voyage there were 36 ‘Engineer & Electrical Officers’. These included the 24 year old Roger Jones who was up checking the whistles with Michael Binnie as the ship rounded Cape Horn.
• Below these 36 officers were 62 other ranks, functioning as oilers, greasers and firemen, such as Charles ‘Tinker’ Pearce in No.2 engine room, and electricians.
The Donkeyman and his team of greasers kept engines and other deck equipment like cranes and capstans running smoothly; such machinery had been powered by a donkey engine.

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