Diesel Engines for Capital Ships
(See page 1217, July, 1925, Proceedings)
Captain A. M. Proctor, U.S.N:—In my article on “Diesel Engines for Capital Ships,” published in the July number of the Institute Proceedings, I attempted to present to the operating branch of the Navy a specific advantage to be gained from a Diesel engine. This result was predicated upon the possibility of developing an engine suitable for the purpose.
In view of the fact that Admiral Robison has apparently misunderstood my purpose and seems to believe that I have recommended a jump toward a “possible but improbable miracle,” I will state specifically just what I propose as a logical step toward the ultimate solution of the problem. It is proposed that the development of a single cylinder unit suitable for the purpose be undertaken.
This course has been followed by practically every leading Diesel engine builder in Europe and by the Worthington Company in this country.
In every case where the difficulties have been overcome in a one-cylinder engine and the resultant unit combined into a completed engine, the result has been an unqualified success.