One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A propeller shaft, especially of a motor vehicle.
- ‘A short way down there are some broken sections of the propshaft tunnel, big enough to swim through.’
- ‘A diversion along the keel reveals the remains of the rudder and propshafts.’
- ‘Behind the engine, a square box houses the thrust-bearing connecting the engine to the propshaft, with the remains of another transverse bulkhead above it.’
- ‘Depending on the type of coach and chassis, they would have narrowly avoided being minced by a propshaft turning at thousands of revolutions a minute or burned by red-hot exhaust pipes.’
- ‘It's a sorry sight to see two stunted propshafts, encrusted with marine growth, but he films the severed ends anyway.’
- ‘I soon find small bits of engine, though no sign of the propshaft.’
- ‘At the stern the two propshafts, keel and rudder are covered in anemones, fed by the strong current that whips around the end of the wreck when the tide is running.’
- ‘While at the stern, take a short diversion to view the keel and the two propshafts projecting on either side.’
- ‘From here towards the stern, the hull is a fairly featureless mound of steel until you get to a section of propshaft poking out from under the plates.’
- ‘The propshaft had already been broken by the torpedo explosion.’
- ‘It offers a glimpse of blue sea through the propshaft tunnel, but getting there involves a twisting, winding dive down collapsed walkways and sagging decks.’
- ‘From the engine block the propshaft is clearly visible, and provides a quick route to the stern section, which now lies on its side.’
- ‘Their propshafts are broken in strategic sections and exposed, but the props have long since been salvaged.’
- ‘We follow the propshaft to the stern, biasing our route slightly to starboard where two of the tanks have come to rest, one upside-down and one on its side.’
- ‘From the stern, the propshaft can be followed forwards.’
- ‘Used to larger wrecks, I was unsure if this was once the propshaft, which would imply that the submarine was oriented stern towards the shore.’
- ‘Astern of the engine-room area is a short gap where the ship broke her back, then you reach the propshaft, suspended above the seabed by the remains of the donkey engine.’
- ‘While at the stern, it is well worth dropping over the side to view the intact propshaft and rudder.’
- ‘Even when a propshaft has been salvaged, there are normally strengthened patches on the keel where the bearings would have been mounted.’
- ‘The propshaft protrudes from the keel, but the propeller has been salvaged and, as already noted, the rudder lies on the seabed below.’
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