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" -- Unknown

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Because It's Friday

The engine room of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, one of the few remaining Liberty ships..


LRod said...


Please refresh my memory. Were you a bluejacket or an ossifer? I recall you know a lot about steam. Does that imply that you were a snipe? And does snipe refer to bluejackets and ossifers alike?

Anyway, the O'Brien video was great, but I went on and took the guided tour of the off limits places in the Iowa. That was really great.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired.

3383 said...

That is one crazy plant. Supposedly the only electric item was the radio; now it has electric lights. But all of the plant auxiliaries are steam- pumps and such driven by dinky 2 piston engines and such. Starting from cold iron does not sound like fun.

I would not want to run the U-boat gauntlet in one of those, 5-inchers or not.

Comrade Misfit said...

LRod, ossifer snipe. Snipe applied to everyone in the engineering department. The small-engine guys in A-gang were "fresh air snipes".

Comrade Misfit said...

3383, until close to the end of the war, U-boat were submersibles, not true submarines. If they attacked while submerged, it was because they either had good positioning intel from home or they were lucky.

I suspect that cold-iron startups were rare back then. Piers generally didn't have "hotel steam" available back in the day and ships steamed pierside.

CenterPuke88 said...

Not a bit of hearing protection in sight (didn't see any quick reference on what the db's were in there...and OSHA would have an absolute cow with all the rotation and pumping without guards.

Borepatch said...

IIRC, the engine room scene in "Titanic" was filmed on the Jeremiah O'Brien.