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DO YOU KNOW THE MIGHTY " A " ? WAS — Built by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearney, N.J. IS::::;6221TlLkmg HAS— 75 ' 6 " BeaiTT IS— 17,83.3 tons gross DOES— 20 kls. (normal cruising) HAS — 136 ' foremast (above water line) HAS — 135 ' mairanast (above water line) HAS — 12,000 nautical miles cruising radius HAS — 166,653 cubic ft. hold capacity HAS— 2 16,000 anchors HAS— 2 18 ' propellers HAS— 22 lifeboats HAS— 228 life-rafts HAS — 2 steam turbine engines HAS— 855.000 gal, oil tank capacity HAS— 329,343 gal. fresh water tank capacity;( HAS — 33,984 cubic ft. refrigerator space ' HAS— 8 10-ton booms HAS — 12 watertight compartments HAS — 5,300 personnel acconmiodations) Bosun ' s Locker Carpenter Shop Masters-at-Arms
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Iioslilc alliludc Inward rust, dt ' lerioralion. or tlio more violent action of lire. e [jlosion. collision, or eneinv behavior. This is what is meant by Damage Conlroi and mider this headinj; ( " . k H mifjht lind work lor it.selC all over the shi|). in the eiifrineroom or on the bridfie. the laundr . tailor- sho|t. crews show- ers, or Captains Country. On ahnost every bulkhead from the eyes of the ship to the fanlail on can lind one of C Us gadfjets for light ing lire, plugging holes, closing doors, or breathing smoke — and wlieii lh( alarm goes oil ' , somebody is there who knows how and when to use it. Fn almost every compartment you will lind an iniproxemcnl or alteratiofi. be il big or small, that was done at sea " by the ships force " . Every day you will see men chasing rust, cleaning lifeboats, painting decks (when theres paint), oiling and greasing stays, runners, and topping-lifts and its all C R, doing its remarkable ariely of small bnl im- portant and necessar jobs. Every man in the deparlmcnl has lo be a jack-of-all-lradcs as well as master ot his ( « n specialty, wliiih might be carpentering, melalsmithing, or shiplilting. Many of the jobs recpiire ingctMiilN and abilil bolli. and range in subject matter auNwIiere from mak- ing a duplicate key to patching a hole in the side of the ship. Due lo the o erw helming amount oi work which is done on liie phnnb- ing lixlures of the ship, however, the motto of the depart meni lias come to be: " When your head aches, .see the Doctor. When it is out of order, C R. "
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TEN DAYS ' AVAILABILITY . . . from lite vieir ioiiil of an enlixled man seeing it for the first lime and wilh apologies to any Naty ) urd ice may happen la be in when this arlicle i.v broughl up. Isl Day Yard sends for jol) orders. •2nd Day ar( Ciills ;i tiie liiig of ;ill I )c ' |);irl iiuiil Heads iiiid iIh-n i(t oxer iiroposcd r( ' |);iirs. 3rd Day drd bosses relurii lo slii|i willi job orders all slashed lo h— !. iind iiir riii Deparliiieiit Heads what ihey are froiti ' lo do mid what they are not goiiif; lo do. ' ilh Day IMamicrs ((jiiic al)oard and lia e lo be shown where the work is (o be done and wlial kind ol ;i job Is w anlid. 5 Day Supervisors come aboard and lunc lo be shown the same Ihiiif s Ihal were show n lo llic PlatMiers on ihe lib Day. (ilh Day The workmen show U[) lor woik wilh lools all set to go. but since Ihey arc n on I he ship liicN have lo be sliown all llic job loca- tions and have il explained lo I hem thai il has already been cx()lained lo llic IManncrs and the Supervisors, but il has lo be explained af, ' ain lo the workers an how. 7lh Day The workman arc back bul llicv can ' l jrel started because they haM ' lo wail for material and to find out Ihe best and ipiickest way to leave Ihe sliij) when it ' s time to quit. 8th Day Material arrises anil workmen are ready lo start, bill b tlii time lhe have forgotten what the Jobs were and lia e to be told all o er again. The biggest part of the day is .shot to |)ieces in I his manner, so the workmen put awa tlieii- tools and say ' " To hell wilh il. Let the night gang figure il out. " So the night gang c(tmes on and now its their turn to be told where all the jobs are and what we want ihein to do. The result is the same: — nothing. nth Day Workmen llnally get going and tear every- thing apart. ihe time is short and there ' s lots to do, llie oring more men aboard and they fall all o er each olher and gel in cadi others wav. The welder caiiT weld because the shiplillcr hasn ' t laid it out for him; and Shop 17 cant go ahead until Shop 46 gets through, and Shop 16 cant do anything be- cau.sc Ihe overhead is still up. Department •ra . loth Day This being the last day of availability the Yard issues ortlers to have all men and tools oil ' the ship liN midnight. Ihey start to do this shortly after noon and by twelve o ' clock at night Ihe shij) is (piiel but dirty and one hrlliira mess! We sailors are left to clean up, and the Department Heads hand hi the same old job orders which didn ' t get done for the next Ten Days Availability! . . . Fka.nk Be.nevento, SFl c
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