U.S.S. Arkansas

Two people sent me great info about Tuesday’s post. You might find them interesting. First, Steve S. sent me a link to a book by a German with the pen name B Traven. The title is The Death Ship. Steve says it contains an authentic description of what is was like being a fireman (stoker) on a ship at the beginning of the 20th century. Traven also wrote The Treasure of Sierra Madre.

Mark S. sent me these two links, the first about the U.S.S. Arkansas. At the time it was the World’s biggest battleship. And my old man made it run. Tomorrow I’ll show you a document that I have hanging on my wall.

The SS Great Northern has an interesting history. It started out as a passenger liner in 1914. In 1917 it was converted to a troop transport. It was renamed the Columbia in 1921. It was decommissioned in Chester, Pennsylvania in in March of 1922, and renamed the H.F. Alexander. My father lived in Chester, and that’s where I was born. Evidently he left the Arkansas after the war and was brought home on the Columbia.

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2 Responses to U.S.S. Arkansas

  1. old guy from CA says:

    B. Traven, my favorite author. First read Deathship back in jr. high school, spent years afterword tracking down all his works. It was different then, you could not just go online. You had to thumb through card catalogs in libraries and walk the shelves in used bookstores to find out of print books.
    You kids don’t know how good you got it today, I had to walk ten miles through Santa Ana winds to reach the used bookstore. Uphill. Both ways.

    • budgra5_wp says:

      I’ll go to the library tomorrow. Bradenton has a huge beautiful library. The county government down here has tons of money, so many old people retire here. Their Social Security and pension checks pour in, and they don’t need jobs. They just spend their money. The library is downtown by the waterfront. I’ll take some pictures while I’m there.

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