In today’s plastic and electronic world, we often seem to lose sight of how important engineering skills are to us. And, we especially lose sight of how important solid engineering training is. We certainly don’t always seem to make things like we used to. Perhaps it is because our politicians mostly read PPE at Oxford or are former lawyers. They wouldn’t know a spanner if it hit them on the head! That leads me to ask the question…what exactly are our politicians good for? Answer (as in the song): ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
The radiator grille must have been inspired by honeycomb made by bees?
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These great big lumps of metal are towed behind trawlers. Their aquadynamic shape help to keep the ‘mouth’ of the trawl net open (a bit like wings flying through the water) and the hapless fish are caught in the net, never to escape.
The Bulbous Forefoot or, Bulbous Bow, greatly increases fuel efficiency and the fins help with stability. More about this technology (an American invention) here. The ‘snoot’ shown below belongs to a trawler but most ships are built with bulbous bows these days.
A boat on the slip at MacDuff Harbour
The fishing vessel Lilly Oak sits on her cradle on the slip at MacDuff Harbour, Scotland. The slip is a long sloping concrete ramp (image coming soon) used to haul boats out of the water for repair and repainting. The cradle that supports the ships runs on railway lines on the slip.
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If you visit the United Kingdom and see a post box (like the one below) with ‘GR’ on the front, this means that the postbox was installed during the reign of King George V (1910-1936). In those days we British folk used to build thing that would last for a long time. The ‘G’ stands for George of course and the ‘R’ stands for Rex (Latin for King).
The post box below is still very much in service and it is located near to Banff High Street and long may it remain there. Let’s hope this post box and many other things can survive the complete pillock who is currently living at No 10 Downing Street.
They just don’t make ’em like they used to…
Without John Harrison’s clocks we would have been, quite literally, lost at sea. Nobody could underestimate the importance and brilliance of John Harrison’s clocks (or marine chronometers as we know them these days).
I satisfied a long-held ambition this morning when I went to see John Harrison’s beautifully made (and priceless) clocks at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. All the clocks Harrison designed and built are still working just fine……ticking away happily in glass display cages in a quiet corner of the observatory.
And, John Harrison (1693 – 1776) was a son of Lincolnshire. So am I but I have yet to knock out a clock or two!