The boiler rooms, of which there are six aboard the Titanic, are where the ship's 29 coal-fired boilers are housed. Of these 29 boilers, 24 were double-ended and 5 single-ended. Altogether, they contained a total of 159 furnaces. The boilers were 4.80 metres (15.7 ft) in diameter and 20 feet (6.1 m) long, each weighing 91.5 tonnes (202,000 lb) and capable of holding 48.5 tons of water. They were fed around the clock by 179 firemen and consumed 600 tonnes (1,300,000 lb) of coal a day.
How the Boiler Rooms received orders Edit
Each of the six boiler rooms was equipped with an illuminated telegraph which was arranged from a single transmitting telegraph located in the engine room. The illuminated colored orders read, from top to bottom, STOP (red), SLOW (blue), HALF (green) and FULL (white). There was also a Kilroy noise indicator fitted in each of the 11 stoke holdings. These were controlled by two congestion controllers located in the engine room. The stock indicator indicated which of the three ovens would be fired at a given end of a boiler at a given time. Only one of the three ovens at a given end would be opened at any time, and an arrangement was made on the offset rules so that the corresponding ovens at the other end of a double end boiler would never be opened simultaneously. The storage regulator set the time for each oven to be fired.
Olympic's boilers originally used coal. Later on in her career, Olympic's boilers switched from coal to oil. This reduced the engineering team down to 60 people.
Titanic: Adventure Out of TimeEdit
In the 1996 PC game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time, All boiler rooms except for BR 6 are featured.
The boiler rooms can only be accessed in certain parts of the game.
During the Rubaiyat mission, Carlson must retrieve the book from Boiler Room 3. Once he has access to the engine room, he can proceed to the boiler rooms. In Boiler Room 3, he will encounter Vlad, who asks Carlson to bring him some things from Sasha Barbicon. If the player assumes to take Rubaiyat out of the boiler room now, Vlad will shoot him, Game Over. He must either leave Rubaiyat in his place or put it elsewhere.
After fetching the package from Sasha, Carlson can return to the Engine Room undisturbed and give Vlad his things. Meanwhile, Vlad will have looked in coal chute 4 of BR 3, and taken the Rubaiyat if it was in that very chute. If it wasn't, Vlad will leave the Boiler Room after receiving his package, allowing Carlson to take the book from the coal chute where he hid it.
As soon as Carlson gets the painting quest, the seaman in the Control Room will no longer allow him in the Engine Room, sealing off the Boiler Rooms as well. The second way into the Boiler Rooms (through the Cargo Hold) is opened at the very end of the painting quest. When Carlson makes his way down into the Cargo Hold, he can enter Boiler Room 5 from there. However, if he returns to the control room, he gets stuck there and has to go all the way back to the Cargo Hold from the Forecastle Deck.
The Boiler Rooms remain accessible through the Cargo Hold until Carlson receives Willi's ring. At the end of the notebook quest, when Carlson has to enter Funnel 4 through the Engine Room, he can proceed to the Boiler Rooms.
The Boiler Rooms are inaccessible during the sinking. The seaman in the Control Room moves to the Turbine Room during the sinking, saying that the Engine Room is "about to go" and blocking the player from entering the Control Room. The Forecastle Deck is flooded, rendering it inaccessible.
When the player talks to a fireman, he'll engeage a conversation with the fireman of the game.
Fireman: Wot 'ave we 'ere? The fancy dress ball's upstairs, mate. Freddie! Check out the toff! Carlson: I'm lost. Fireman: 'I'm lost!' A likely story! Carlson: Why's everyone shoveling? Fireman: Why? It's the bridge! They want to go even faster! There's a shovel over there, but you don't look the type that sweats. Carlson: The upper decks bore me... Fireman: Aye, y'come to see 'er guts, 'ave you? Carlson: Who made your boilers? Fireman: Harland & Wolff, they are. She's got 29 of these monsters! Carlson: Where's Harland & Wolff located? Fireman: Belfast! That's where they built the Titanic! Not too fast are ye, lead head? Carlson: Look, you unwashed dolt... Fireman: Alright now, let's see what the toffs 're made of! C'mon lead head! Carlson: You're really a jerk... Fireman: Jerk?! That's the best y'can do? Jerk?! You're just an ugly cur! Carlson: You're a drunken, ugly cur! Fireman: And you're a stupid, ugly, drunken cur! Carlson: Oh yea? Well you're a landlubber! Fireman: DID YOU SAY LANDLUBBER?! Why you lying, ugly, low down, bowlegged, yellow drunken CUR!!! Who's all right by me... All right-stay if y'like. But I can't mind you! Carlson: Thanks. Fireman: Don't mention it. Carlson: Where are you going? Fireman: Me? At shift's end I'm stoppin' by F-59! 'Er name's Shailagh 'acker, an' she's the prettiest lass onboard! She may be a steerage girl, but she's first class by me! Cheers.