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At the front of the ship is the bar. This has changed on several occasions. At one point, the bar serving area was behind from where this shot was taken and two staircases either side gave access to the promenade deck. Fitted with Lloyd Loom chairs, the furnishings and fitments closely approximate her 1947 condition - a requirement of the Heritage Lottery money required for her Millenium Rebuild. Not busy on a midweek June day on the Bristol Channel, but highly popular on a Clyde summer Saturday even when the sun shines outside
The forward companionway to the upper deck.There are two entrances to the bar - the starboard one is shown.This stairway is of more recent origin, replacing the wo narrow side staircases. The exact configuration of stairs and lounges has changed a number of times over the years
The alleyways down the port and starboard side of the ship pass the enclosed boiler room and the open engine room. The engines can be seen from the gallery and are the major attraction on the ship. The large silver casing across the alleyway is the rotating paddle shaft, which turns the paddle wheels. Toilets are located in the sponsons - the area of the ship where the breadth is extended to house the paddle wheels
The engines are controlled manually by the Chief Engineer or his delegate from a platform above the engines


Above : The three connecting rods turn the crankshaft and the shaft activates "eccentric" gear which controls the steam valves, keeping everything in perfect timing
Above : The pistons are pushed from the cylinder and, through connecting rods, drive the crankshaft
The engines are triple expansion (the steam passes through three cylinders as it cools and expands), three crank (with pistons pushed by the steam from the high, medium and low pressure cylinders) diagonal engines - diagonal because the pistons are aligned on an incline to the ship
The wall panels of the boiler room are normally used for displays
Aft of the engine room is a forward aligned companionway leading to the promenade deck at the Purser's Office. To the right is the entrance to the main restaurant and at the extreme right, the stairs down to the lower bar. Behind the stairway is a red Royal Mail posting box opposite the Souvenir Shop
The souvenir shop is always a popular place - a kiosk selling souvenirs such as pencils, book marks and post cards as well as relevant shipping books, posters and also a range of sweets
The main restaurant aft is done out in immediate post-war style although for most of her commercial life it was tablecloths, napkins and silver service. Now there is a canteen-style servery behind the emergency exit and everything is self-service. The exit is a modern development - to meet modern safety requirements for evacuation routes. The area below is now crew quarters - but as can be seen, is also used for storage !
The lower bar is the only part of the lower deck open to the public and can be classed as "snug" or "claustrophobic" depending on your viewpoint
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