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Old 03-21-2017, 10:11 PM   #31
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Back in the 1960's my dad was working as a deck hand on a ferry boat that crossed Hood Canal before the floating bridge was put in. Most of those ferries were old, generally built in the 20's and 30's, some were wood hulls, but I did get the chance to go down into the engine rooms and one engine I remember was called the Washington Estep, a six cylinder diesel engine that to me was enormous, it had exposed crankshaft, rods, pushrods and rocker arms. It had a hand operated clutch that the engineer had to use when getting messages from the repeater. That engine turned a total of 200 RPM at full speed. My dad told me that in rough waters the hull planks would open up and slam shut squirting seawater around the engine room. The pic is of that kind of engine. From what I read about the engine is that the early ones had a gang plank around the top of the engine for oilers to oil the rocker arms, pushrods and valves. The engine pictured here is a newer model that is more enclosed, but it gives you an idea of how big it was. Thing is that helpers in the engine room were called Wipers, I had that description on my seamans' papers, but I never worked that position, my work was more like a deckhand. I did tie up and traffic direction on the car deck always with another deckhand.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:06 PM   #32
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USS CONCORD, PG-3, A part of her remains!

In August 1915 two of the Concord's six-inch guns were placed in the War Garden of Woodland Park, Seattle, WA. The Seattle Times of 15 August stated: "Two six-inch guns from the United States cruiser Concord which saw active service at the battle of Manila, yesterday afternoon were brought to Seattle from Bremerton under the direction of the United Spanish War Veterans, to be mounted in Woodland Park in the near future. W. S. F. Quick, chairman of the board of managers of the United Spanish War Veterans Club of Seattle, yesterday signed a receipt for government property valued at $18,000, which gives the local veterans practical possession of the pieces from now on. The two guns when mounted will be known as Battery Dewey." These guns are today near theWoodland Park Zoo in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle.

In March of 1890, more than 127 years ago, the USS Concord, a gunboat of the Yorktown class, began her life, when she was launched from Delaware River Iron Shipbuilding and Engine Works. She was 244 feet long with a beam of 36 feet. She was armed with 6X 6 inch Mk IV breech loading howitzers. She could make almost 17 knots with her steam engines, which were supplemented by sail, and she boasted a crew of 190.
What was interesting was that the Old Grape had spent some of her short life on several occasions in Alaskan Waters!

Though its stated the USS Concord PG-3 had a Sail Suppliment, and She had the rigging for it, after looking for a couple days, I have yet to find any photographic evidence that the USS Concord ever deployed sails.
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