I should of put two and two together for the Ash Ejector, given the location of where it was.On G deck I believe. AE stands for ash ejector. On F deck there are coal ports from which the bunkers were filled. The coal falls down shutes marked there as CS for coal shute.
That automatic device would be what is called an "automatic stoker". Automatic stokers could (and are still to a small degree) be found in homes which had coal fired furnaces, factories with boiler houses, power plants etc. Belts and augers seemed to be a common delivery method of the coal.Again this may seem like a foolish question .
Was all this manual labor just considered cheaper than developing some automatic device to get the coal from the bunkers to the furnaces
Yes, a large bunker going from the tank top up to G Deck level.Anyway, how the heck did the coal bunkers work? Was it just a giant storage room, full of coal, and whenever the stokers need coal they would get coal out
Though the bunker doors. The Trimmers would take them out of the bunker, breaking the large lumps put them in a barrow and bring them to the funcases. There was always enough coal in the bunker. (If for some reason they run out of coal they would call other ships for help.)and whenever the stokers need coal they would get coal out of a little hole? Or was that "little hole" a dispenser with a button. What was it? How would they get the coal? What if the coal bunker ran out of coal?
In the boiler rooms (on the forward and aft side).Also, where the heck are the coal bunkers?
That statement makes no sense.Then why have doors in the boiler room if the trimmer gets them?
That is not how it works. Trimmers had to take the coal out and had to look to take equal from each side.I read somewhere in a exhibit that coal just comes out of the door naturally, and whenever some coal is gone more coal comes out.
At the start of the voyage the coal bunkers were full an the trimmers don't need to go far into the bunker and so to say could take them directly at the door. They of course had then to go into the bunker for the coal as Trimmer Cavell did when the collision took place.Ok, so is this how it works? The trimmers get the coal out of the coal bunker door, chop it up into manageable pieces, and put it in a wheel barrow and bring it to the firemen?
They are not close to the furnaces. The coal were large lumps which had to be break into smaller pieces.But why have the trimmers take the coal when the coal bunker is really close to the furnaces? Why can't the firemen stick their shovels through the door, shovel some out onto the ground, and keep shoveling.