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Scott AndrewsFri Dec-01-17 04:07 PM
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#55681, "RE: Reciprocating room CG #2"
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These photos are good for scale, but not for attire. The first shows a shipfitter in a picture probably taken during outfitting/construction. With the machinery in full operation, his coat would have been superfluous just about anywhere along the length of the tank top. Temps (in degrees F) from the generator room forward would go from quite warm (mid to high 80s) to uncomfortable (mid 90s) due to the increasing number and size of steam-consuming machinery within the compartment. The air would have also been of very high humidity, since all of the glands around reciprocating and rotating rods and shafts were slackened to allow "sealing steam" to leak past and keep the gland material swelled and wetted for lubricity. The only "cool" spaces were in the shaft tunnels, where temps vary from the damp 50's to the equally damp 80s.

In these areas dungaree overalls were the norm for the greasers; while the engineers might also wear these and a plain brimmed cap to make them readily identifiable from the lower ratings. More commonly, the engineers dressed in dungaree slacks, denim shirts, and plain brimmed cap, unlike the engineering officer shown standing at that switch board. Obviously posing for a picture for publication, this many would have NEVER entered the machinery spaces in a dress uniform or "slops," the cost of which all came out of his own pocket!

In the boiler rooms, Dante's Inferno prevailed. Even though these ships were often thought of as "cool" ships by the firemen, because of the fan-assisted natural draft they used, "nice weather" on the firing aisle meant temps of 100 to 110 degrees F and humidity above 80%, while the at the upper platform level around the safety valves and stop cocks, 140 and near 100 percent humidity was about the norm. Here, the men wore dungaree slacks, and thin shirts with the sleeves removed to help the men deal with the heat in the ship's infernal regions. By the way -- have you ever wondered how the sleeveless T-shirt (a contradiction in terms, really) became popularly known as a "tank top?" Now you know!

Unlike the firemen, due to the nature of the trimmers' grimy, dusty work environment, they often wore long-sleeved shirts, closed at the collar and cuffs, and their pant legs tucked in their boots, or cinched around the tops of their boots. A scarf was often worn around the neck as extra protection, while a wetted scarf might be tied over their nose and mouth, all in an effort to protect themselves as much as possible from the black dust which permeated their world. How these men dealt with the heat dressed in this fashion is beyond my comprehension, and, even for all of their efforts, over time, these men eventually took on a darkish complexion, with every pore and crease in the skin blackened from the constant exposure to coal dust clinging to sweat. The embedded dust brought further hardships in later years in the form of various types of cancers.

Regards,
Scott Andrews
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Reciprocating room CG #2 [View all] , SteveFury, Sun Oct-15-17 09:17 PM
  RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Oct 16th 2017, #1
RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Dave Abate, Oct 16th 2017, #2
      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Oct 16th 2017, #3
           RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Oct 17th 2017, #4
                RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Bill West, Oct 17th 2017, #5
                RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Oct 17th 2017, #6
                     RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Bill West, Oct 17th 2017, #7
                          RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Oct 21st 2017, #8
                               RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Oct 22nd 2017, #9
                                    RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Joe100, Oct 22nd 2017, #10
                                         RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Oct 22nd 2017, #11
                                              RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Oct 22nd 2017, #12
                                                   RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Oct 22nd 2017, #13
                                                        RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Bill West, Oct 23rd 2017, #14
                                                             RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Oct 23rd 2017, #15
                                                                  RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, c riley, Nov 02nd 2017, #16
                                                                       RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Nov 02nd 2017, #17
                                                                            RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 11th 2017, #18
                                                                                 RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 11th 2017, #19
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Nov 11th 2017, #20
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Bill West, Nov 12th 2017, #21
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 12th 2017, #22
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 29th 2017, #23
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, bpread, Nov 29th 2017, #24
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Nov 29th 2017, #25
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 29th 2017, #26
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 29th 2017, #27
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Nov 29th 2017, #28
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Bill West, Nov 30th 2017, #30
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, bpread, Nov 30th 2017, #31
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Dec 01st 2017, #32
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Scott Andrews, Dec 01st 2017 #33
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Dec 02nd 2017, #34
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, William W. Young, Nov 29th 2017, #29
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, SteveFury, Dec 30th 2017, #35
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Ralph Currell, Dec 30th 2017, #36
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Bill West, Jan 03rd 2018, #38
                                                                                      RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Scott Andrews, Jan 04th 2018, #39
                RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Milner62, Jan 01st 2018, #37
                     RE: Reciprocating room CG #2, Scott Andrews, Jan 04th 2018, #40

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