australian engineering

Meanwhile, in my degree:

Today I did some site visits which I couldn’t do earlier because up until very lately I didn’t have the ankle strength and stability to be aboard an actively rocking vessel (lol my thesis is due in six days and only now have I got some real world info pray for me), and along with some information which has forced me to tweak the focus of my thesis YET AGAIN, I got some great quotes on the nature of ship maintenance, and life in general. 

I had already been collecting such bon mots and nuggets of wisdom, and so in honour of the end of my degree finally approaching, I will be posting a quote a day until I submit.

Today’s is something said to me by the fleet manager at the Australian National Maritime Museum as he showed me around HMAS Advance, the last of the Attack class patrol boats. When discussing how she was managed while she was underway, he shrugged and said:

“While you’re within the harbour, as long as you have a chart, you’re basically driving a big cabin cruiser.”

Which…. like…. I guess? But equally, the exact same thing could be said of most sheltered waters operations, so?? I don’t even know how I feel about that.

In other news, the ANMM is unlikely to be able to maintain Advance for much longer due to budget constraints, so unless another organisation takes possession of her, she is likely to be scrapped in the nearish future. If you’re in Sydney, I cannot recommend visiting her strongly enough. Advance isn’t one of the ANMM’s big earners like their Destroyer or Submarine. You don’t need to purchase a full ticket to see her. For a gold coin donation, you get a tour guide all to yourself who will show you all the nooks and crannies and fun quirks of what is a charming little vessel. She’s just sitting around Pyrmont, and I thoroughly recommend taking a look if you’re in the area.

And for those of you who have stayed with me for a post this long, here’s a fun quirk: at the entrance to the galley, the crew laid a linoleum panda holding a tiny can of VB. More fun quirks to come as the week progresses, and if you’re in Sydney, give her a visit.

72 years ago today

Sapper Reginald A. Stevenson (with the fuse cord around his neck) and L/Cpl. Raymond C. Mace, 2 members of the 2/13 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, exhausted after the initial attempt to get ashore and blow wire defences at Lingkas, on the Island of Tarakan which is off the east coast of Borneo. 30th April 1945.

The primary objective for the Allied attack on Tarakan (code-named “Oboe One”) was to secure and develop the island’s airstrip so that it could be used to provide air cover for subsequent landings in Brunei, Labuan and Balikpapan. The secondary objective for the operation was to secure Tarakan’s oilfields and bring them into operation as a source of oil for the Allied forces in the theatre.

The task of clearing the beach obstacles at Lingkas was assigned to the 2/13th Field Company. These defences comprised rows of barbed wire, wooden posts and steel rails which extended 125 yards from the beach. At 11:00 on 30 April, eight parties of engineers went forward in LVTs and landing craft to clear the obstacles. The engineers were supported by the guns on Sadau Island and Allied warships and aircraft. Operating under Japanese fire the engineers cleared all the obstacles obstructing the landing beaches. While heavy casualties had been expected, the 2/13th completed their task without loss.

Military Medal award: ‘Lance-Corporal Mace was the non-commissioned officer in command of a demolition team engaged in the breaching of underwater beach obstacles on Tarakan. Despite the intermittent fire of the enemy the working party coolly kept on and completed and sign-posted the gap in thirty five minutes. Lance-Corporal Mace then withdrew his party and went to the rescue of another party who were hampered by the depth of the mud. He attempted to carry a line to secure one of the obstacles to enable the Section to drag themselves to the proposed gap but sank in the mud and had to be dragged back. He then took his L.V.T. to the oil pier and led his party to the beach and attacked the obstacles from the shore side with success. Lance-Corporal Mace’s personal endurance, courage and leadership were wholly responsible for the effective completion of the two gaps’.

(Both survived the war)

(source - Australian War Memorial ID number 090907)

(Colourised and Researched by Benjamin Thomas from Australia)


Holden Hurricane Concept, 1969. I’ve posted about the Hurricane before but what the hell, it’s Australia Day and I found some new (old) pics. The Hurricane was a mid-engined prototype designed to house and promote Holden’s then new Australian-made V8 engine (their first, and the first locally manufactured V8). The original concept car was restored by Holden’s engineers and represented in 2011

anonymous asked:

How does one find internships? Unfortunately, many of my peers are having trouble finding science-related internships, mainly ones relating to lab work, and I myself don't know where to start.

Google is your friend. Get intimate with it. There are a lot of databases/lists of internships floating around, but you usually have to dig a bit to find them.

Here’s an incomplete list of ones I’ve personally taken note of. Most are in the US or the UK, and they’re mostly available to international students. There are MANY more programs open to US and EU citizens; you guys have a lot more options.

LISTS of STEM internships/programs in all fields:

Specific STEM fields:

Astronomy and Physics

Environmental Science

Australian Programs

LISTS of Science Writing Internships:

Specific Science Writing Internships

Basically, do your research, because this is a hugely incomplete list, but hopefully this gets you started.

Spread this around! My extensive Googling skills have to be good for something.