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                                                                       SPl/TT/Nfi THE IJRIINIIJM II TOM •••                      It's A Bet Jimmy
                                            In  the  Diesel  laboratory  there                                                    Jimmy Durante reporting on his
             Engineering Department  are  thirteen  engines  for  study  in                                                      Alaskan trip, told Garry Moore he
             Of OTS Trains  "Bla,k-       the  power  supply  of  Higgins'                                                       saw a  sign outside an igloo which
                                          boats,  motor  whale  boats;'  and
                                                                                                                                 read  "Eskimo  Spitz  Dogs-five
             Gang"  For  Destroyers       other small craft. There .are puri'-                                                   dollars apiece."
                                          fying  machines  for  all  types  of .
                                                                                                                                   "Well,  what's so  unusual  about
                                          fuel-oils which the students know                                                      that?"  said  Garry.
               Early in 1943  hundreds of new,
             fast destroyers were sliding 9own   thoroughly.                                                                       "Unusuai!"  exclaimed  Jimmy.
             the ways, scheduled to accentuate   One  room  of  the  department is                                               "I got  fifty  dollars  that  says  the
             the  counter-attack of our Pacific  equipped with complete refrigera-                                               Eskimo  can't  do  it!"
             Fleet. These new destroyers could  tion  units,  used  on  various  ships.
             not  fight  without  the  "black- In this  room  there are  evaporat-                                               a  field, -creating a  crater the  size
             gang," below decks operating the  tors which purify salt water, con-                                                of  a  swimming  pool.  Several  of
             powerful engines;·Early that sum- verting  ·it  into  either  drinking                                              the  contraptions  started  small
             mer the Engineering Department  water  or  feed-water.  The  feed-                                                  grass fires in March ,on Mt. Diablo
             was added to OTS of Treasure Is- water  is  transformed  into  steam                                                and  other  bay  area  ranges  near
              land  to  provide  these  men,  in  for  the  turbines  by the  boilers.                                           San  Jose.
             large numbers for the destroyers.   Automi:i,tic  feed-water  regula-                                               Found  by  Prospector
               Just one year later the-counter- tors  are  studied  in  the  boiler                                                One  blasted a  large hole  in the
              attack  had  become  an  offensive  room.  tfntil  recently  the  OTs·                                             Santa Clara River bed  near Sati-
              and  our  fleet  wa:s  deep  into  the  could  not  obtain  boilers  for  the                                      coy  in  Ventura  County  on  Janu-
             Pacific.  The  hindering  " supply  department,  but . last  week  two                                              ary  15.  A  second  balloon,  Sheriff
              problem  was  being  won  by 'the  arrived. When they are connected                                                L.  Howard disclosed,  was  sighted
              Fleet's  Train,  newly  organized  up  they  will  supply  the  entire                                             off  the  coast line  four  miles  west
              and  composed  of  auxiliary  ships.  engineering  department  with                                                of Ventura June 11 but capricious
             More "black-gangs" were needed.  power to run all class-room equip-  THIS  IS  A  VIEW  of  the  Hanford  Engineer  Works,  near  Pasco,  winds carried it to sea.
             The · Engineering  Department  in  ment.                  Wash.,  one  of  the  three  production  plants  used  for the  manufacture   An  aged  prospector,  believing
                                                                       of  the  atomic  bombs.  W,orkers  at  this  plant  didn't  know  what  they
             early 1944 expanded; began train-  The · students  of  the  '·black   were  building  until  one  of  their  bombs  was  dropped  on  Hiroshima,   the  Government  "had  lost  some-
              ing  them,  too.
                                          gang" p.ave a  lot to learn in a  few  Japan,  on  August  5.                          thing,"  delivered  a  bombless  but
              Teaches  Many Subjects      short  weeks,  but  they  are  ex-.                                                    inflated  balloon  by  burro  from
               Complemented with a  teaching  tremely  interested  in  their work.                  County  reported  the  bomb  was  hills near Elko,  Nev.
              staff of four officers  and fifty-six  Although the total enrollment for  JAP  BALLOON  PERILED  rendered  harmless  by  the  water.   Ranch hands at Yerington, Nev.,
              men,  headed  by  Lt.  Commander  each class i·s  about three hundred                 The  balloon  was  one  of 12  which  found  the  first  loaded  device  to
              R.H. Jacobs, the Engineering De- and  fifty  students,  each  receives  MARE  ISLAND  SHIPS   settled in the San Francisco north  land in that state on November 9.
             partment is divided into three sep- special  attention  from  their  in-               bay  County  in  eight  months,  he  They tied it to a  car rear bumper
                                          structors who have all learned the   The Japanese scored what may                      and  towed  it  to  a  garage.  After
              arate  sections,  which  are  the                        be  their nearest bomb  balloon  hit  said.
              boiler room, the engine room, and   hard way- at sea. When asked if                                                failing  to  receive  an  answer  to
                                          he  was  learning  anything  valu- close  to any military objective re-  California  with  all  of  its  war  their letter to authorities, they de-
             electrical  section,  with  classes
                                          able to him, one student retorted:  cently  when  one  of   th e  le th al  plants  received  only  a  small  part  flated  it  and used  the white  rub-
              held  for  special  students.  The
                                          "I  used  to  clean  tanks  for  my  loads  landed  in a  duck  pond dan- of  the  230  balloons  which fell  on  berized  silk  to  cover  a  haystack.
              special  students  receive  instruc-  home  town's  water  department.  gerously  near  U.  S.  warships  at   th e  Pacific  CoaS .   Two  demolitions  still  remained
              tion in one or more of the follow-
              ing subjects:  Evaporators,  Diesel   When I  get back I'll know enough  Mare Island.   Forewarned  residents  of  Santa  hidden  in  the  bag's  base  when
              engines,  special  tools  and  device,   to manage  the  waterworks!"   Sheriff  John Thorton of Solano  Rosa saw one explode its bomb in  state police called to inspect it.
              refrigeration,  movie  projectors,
              and  automatic  combustion  con-  8/t1clt  f;t1n9  Ret1dled to ... _Tt1/te  011er lnte9rt1/ Jo/Js  Wit!,  Fleet
              trol.                                                                                                                             ~-,
              Have  Short  Classes
               Classes  are  composed  of  both
              officers  and enlisted men who,  as
              students, are enrolled in either the
              regular class of instruction,  or as
              special ·students.  The  department                                                                                                           !
           \  receives students from boot camp,                                                                                                             t
              sea,  and  from  other shore  estab-                                                                                                          I
              lishments. Some are college grad-                                                                                                             j
              uates  while  others  have  not  fin-
              ished  secondary  school.  Enlisted
              men. spend from four to six weeks
              in the regular ·school while officers
              spend  one  week  in  the  regular
              school  learning mostly  about  the
              administrative duties of engineer-
              ing  officers.   Special  students
              spend from  one  to  two  weeks  at
              the  Engineering  Department.
               Men  assigned  destroyer  duty
              spend four weeks m· class;  go to
              sea  for  one  week;  then  spend
              their last week back ashore doing
              review  work.  Men  assigned  to
              auxiliary  ships  spend  two  weeks
              in  classes  and  then  undergo  spe-
              cial  instruction  at  sea  for  one
              Students  Operate  Engines
               The  class  rooms  are  equipped
              with  thousands  of  dollars  worth
              of  engines,  motors  and  machines
              used aboard Navy ships. An auto-
              matic  combustion  control  board
              is  hooked  up  and is  operated  by
              students.  Lt.  (jg)  C.  L.  Keay ex-
              plained that the board  is  a  rela-
              tively new instrument in the Navy
              although it has' been used by the
              merchant  marine  for  several
              years.  Automatically  controlling
              the fuel combustion of the boilers,
              it does the work of three  or four
               A  dead-front  operating  board
              has been installed for the electri-
              cal class. Built for destroyers, this
              board  reduces  the  danger  the
              electrician  was formerly  exposed
              to and saves countless man-hours
              of  work.  The  term  "dead-front"
              means there are no live openings
              on the board,  which is plastic and  ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT of OTS is one of the best equipped   burners  by  using  the  burner fronts.  In  the  lower  right  CM M  Scott
              built in three _sections. It controls  schools on Treasure Island. Pictured above are sailors who in a short   tells his class about the evaporators, which  make feed-water aboard
              the  entire  electrical  supply,  both   time  will  be  operating  machinery  below  decks  of  a  destroyer  or   a  destroyer, while in the  lower left WT1c Fennel  points out the way
                                           Auxiliary  ship.  In  the  upper:  left  hand  corner  CMoM M  Smith  ex-  to  operate  the  Bailey  Automatic  Combustion  Control  Board  which
              alternating and direct currents of
                                          plains to his  Diesel  class  the  manner of overhauling  a motor .whale   automatically controls the engines of the boiler-room  by  regulatinl
              the destroyer.              boat engine.  Upper right, CWT Wansley explains the way to change   the com·bustion.
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