Hi guys & gals,
I'm the new guy today. I was installing signs -- like those big ones in Vegas -- for 20 years. Now I'm taking it easy working aboard the 14,000 deadweight ton, WWII Liberty Ship, SS Jeremiah O'Brien, located at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA. I'm the in-house welder. The tenacity of the welders of the Greatest Generation (and Rosie the Riveter) really shows in every inch of this ship. 441-feet long and 56-feet wide made of 5/8-plates eight feet tall and twenty feet long, welded and riveted together in the span of only fifty-four days from keel laying to launching, (Tim Allan grunt here).
She's powered by a massive, 2500 horse power, triple-expansion steam engine pushing out a quarter millions pounds of torque to spin her 16' diameter brass propeller and push the fully loaded (9000 tons of cargo) up to the blazing speed of 11 knots across the North Atlantic to London a total of 7 times (14 Atlantic crossings) and then from D-Day plus 5 make a perilous 11 trips to Omaha Beach to aid in the landing at Normandy.
It's ugly, It's raw. But it's a bad ass ship and I get to help keep it from sinking!
Anyway, thanks for letting me in the group here.