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■r-; ENGINEERING it also tries to make the ship Hveable to her officers and crew. It tries to give everybody his due share of air. It tries to keep the ship warm in the North Atlantic, cool in the South- west Pacific. It is the " A " Division — Auxil- iaries — which is responsible for the care and upkeep of the hundreds of small machines which contribute to our comfort and content- ment. The evaporators, for example, which distill 80,000 gallons of fresh water every day and pipe it ice-cold to more than fifty drinking fountains throughout the ship. Or the ice- machines, which make two thousand pounds of ice daily for those ice creams and cokes we get at the Soda Fountain. If it runs by electricity then it is the " E " Division which is responsible for its operation from the smallest coffee pot on the ship to the main generator, which is constantly supplying enough " juice " to take care of a town of 8,000 people. Oidy the radios and electronic devices are excepted in listing the items which come under this important divi- sion. In port the Engineering Department is usually upset by extensive repairs and altera- tions — stuff which has been coaxed along during the trip but now needs overhauling. This clears away during the last day of avail- ability, however, and when the order comes down from the bridge to " Standby to answer all bells " the engine rooms are ready, and the words of " Getting It Straight " again apply: " The Chief snaps out his orders to the men on watch below, They all obey his wishes as about their tasks they go. The pressure must not fluctuate, the bearings can ' t run hot. The revolutions must not fail to push her knot by knot. " — And so far the revolutions have pushed the Mighty " A " 185,000 engine miles, which is roughly seven and one-half times around the world! A Division E Division -T—jnT -i 4
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CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR Every once in a while somebody comes for- ward with a suggestion to do away with C R and give the work back to the other departments where nine times out of ten it belongs. It is suspected that this proposal was first made by a desperate First Lieuten- ant who was going crazy trying to figure out just what was included in " Construction and Repair " . He knew the " R " Division was a rugged crew of " fixers " who could cut, saw, hammer, or weld anything made of wood or steel; and it was easy to understand that when a call came in for repairs somebody in the gang should go out and do the job. But why should the First Lieutenant sweep up everyone elses dirt? Why should he scrape their rust. ' Why should he cool their rooms with air and flusli their sanitary arrangements? Why, why, why . . . P In spite of the apparent contradictions there is strong logic in concentrating under Construction and Repair a great number of responsibilities which taken by themselves seem to be none of C R ' s business. Once a ship is built it is clearly the duty of C R to keep her built — and this means loving and tender care of every frame, plate, and pipe in the ship, as well as an aggressive R Division
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