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Rob McGough

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I have a photo of the Aquitania blowing
off white steam from the side of the funnels,
why is this smoke white?
 

Lucy Burkhill

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Hi Rob,

A cloud of high-pressure, escaping steam such as what you mention is white, as it is basically water vapour, rather than grey or black like the smoke which is generated from the coal or oil burned in the boiler furnaces.

Regards,

Lucy
 
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Rob McGough

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Hi, Thank you for replying.
I have anothwer question,
more then a few photos show
some type of pipeing or rods, on
the front, to the bow, of ships of
that era. My theory is the poles were
part of the mast array for the radio
antenna, just in the stowed position for the
photo.
I got this idea looking at photos of the
Leviathian,both in war and peacetime.

Does this board have a spell check?

Thanks, Rob
 
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>>My theory is the poles were
part of the mast array for the radio
antenna, just in the stowed position for the
photo.<<

Nooooooo...it wouldn't be that. Radio in those days was in the very low frequency range and required an antennea almost as long as the ship, or even longer. To get an idea of how big this anntennea needed to be, take a look at what's rigged between the formast and the mizzenmast on the Titanic. That's the antennea.

Perhaps if you can provide some links to the photos you're thinking about one of the more technically minded around here can help you out with that.
 

Jason D. Tiller

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Hello Rob,

Does this board have a spell check?
Yes, it does. To use it, just log into your account by clicking on "My Account" at the top of the page and click on "Edit my profile". Then, check the box where it says "Spell check my posts" under "Preferences". The next time you post, it will automatically check it for any spelling errors.
 
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Rob McGough

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Hello again,
I have noticed that some photos of
Aquitania show a small group of six
windows above the bridge, sometimes not.
I know that ships were often somewhat
incorrectly ID' in old RPPCs, but I think
that some might really be AQ before the
windows were added, maybe for troop service.
Thanks,
Rob