Engineers are a strange breed they are, a race apart. It’s hard to explain how a man gets to be one, and since they appear to be unable to explain it themselves, the matter remains shrouded in mystery. The normal human beings who inhabit the pure air of the upper decks regard them, when they occasionally emerge from the pit down below, with amazement and curiosity. For though they look and move like other men, they are distinctly different. Their eyes blink continuously in the unaccustomed light of day. Their skin, when visible beneath the oil stains has a distinctive pallor like that of some ancient cave dweller. Their walk too, tends to be stooped and shambling, suggesting an earlier and less attractive stage of evolution … as for the uniforms!!!
So runs the opinion of uncouth Deck Apes! But operating and maintaining the Engineering plant of a naval vessel is not a matter of opinion. It is the prime mover of any ship and the only way it succeeds in moving from port to port. For a ship must not only be capable of high speed, but more than any other ship on the high seas, it has to be battle ready at all times. And the responsibility of keeping these vessels going whether they have to shoot, chase subs, patrol a harbor or deliver goods to other ships falls on the Engineers. If they fail, everything stops; all motion through the water, power for lights, radars, coffee pots, guns, pimps, etc. etc… the ship still afloat, effectively dies. Which is not nearly just an Engineering Officer’s nightmare. It can happen in this day and age, but it’s the Engineer who keeps the mission on task… keeps the engines burning and the screws turning! So never forget the Engineers!!!