- Feb 26, 2019
Back in my early days, Michael, there was the old " Us and them thing...engine room oil and bridge water don't mix" thing. The engineers poudly (and rightly) boasted that the ship coud not move without them so they were "in charge". Since then, I have been fortunate to see things progress from then until now, Engineers man a control room and the engines are bridge controlled...by throttle levers etc. Sextants unpacked for he entire voyage.
As I understand it, there's some small level of "us and them" that still exists today, particularly on older ships with less automation. Newer ships with more automation (and touchscreens) have less of that and more of a feeling of the bridge and engine crew being one team.