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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