This is White Star Line’s RMS Majestic, formerly Hapag’s Bismarck before WWI. She was one of the most successful transatlantic ocean liners in the history of the trade. This is picture shows her hauled out in Southampton’s floating dry dock. I have seen countless other photos of countless similar vessels all showing the same irregularity: there is clearly smoke coming from her forward funnel indicating that at least some part of her steam plant is online. Of course you want to maintain electrical power, even while in dry dock, but doesn’t all that machinery require cooling water? Unless I’m mistaken the norm for ships of this type and of this era was to have closed-loop systems with steam being condensed (by sea water) and reintroduced to the boilers. How does this occur while out of the water? Even if it’s not a closed loop, with used steam being exhausted up the stacks, wouldn’t boiler water need to be replenished from somewhere? Again, how does this happen if the ship is in dry dock?
Help a feeble-minded deckie out!