||Bureau of Naval Personnel
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This text has been originally prepared and published for the engineering officers to provide them with the basics of the shipboard machinery and equipment as well as of the engineering plants. The authors of the paper have also given some general description of the development of the naval vessels, their design and construction, naval architecture aspects such as buoyancy and intact/damage stability, and casualty control. The explanation of the engineering theories has been provided on the background of the propulsion and steering of the vessels, systems of lubrication, thermodynamics, energy exchanges and measuring devices. The machinery of the ships has been dealt with in detail. The publication concludes by a thorough and interesting survey covering the newly developed ship hull forms, propulsion and steering arrangements, systems for direct conversion of the energy, central operation systems, combined power plants etc. The text is supplemented with numerous informative illustrations and data tables. The authors have tried to assist students to acquire an overall view of the engineering plants installed on board and properly understand all associated theoretical considerations underlying the design of shipboard machinery and equipment. Note that the details of the operation of the vessels, as well as of the maintenance and repair of the shipboard equipment is not covered.