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Royal Navy ‘County Class’ cruiser HMS Kent underway.

You can see the prodigious amount of smoke the ship is making. This amount of smoke could result from proceeding at high speed when the ship was in great need of a ‘boiler clean. The ship is obviously not proceeding at speed judging from the bow wave. This amount of smoke could also be a sign of inefficiency on the part of the engine room crew who were not adjusting the fuel mixture correctly.

You can easily see the difference when you compare the photograph above with this photograph which shows the HMS Kent proceeding at high speed making very little smoke.

British heavy cruiser HMS Kent underway at Scapa Flow on 28 October 1941.

[Images courtesy of the Naval History.net and the UK Imperial War Museum.]