All Hands to Battle Stations! Naval Armed Guard and Merchant Mariners worked as a team manning the guns. Felknor, editor, The U. Merchant Marine at War,
Routines and Duties Join the Navy! The navy offered men the promise of stable pay, food, clothing, and housing. In the age of industrialization, but before the rise of labor unions and their work to protect laborers, this offer of stability was tempting to many men.
Unfortunately, in the 19th century, many new recruits had a rude awakening, finding themselves deeply in debt for uniform purchases, and often eating poorly.
Naval reforms in the early 20th century improved these problematic conditions. The Navy recruiting poster shown here promises good pay, promotions, free uniforms, lodging, and medical attention.
Sailors were divided into different sections, for example, Starboard Watch and Port Watch. These watch sections alternated 4 hour shifts on duty at their station.
While on watch, a sailor was responsible for performing his duties in his particular part of the ship. In this photo, sailors stand watch on the cruiser USS Olympia.
A lookout scans the horizon with a telescope. The man standing at left is Quartermaster R.
Mehrtens, who steered the Olympia during the triumphant Battle of Manila Bay. Cleaning Steel Navy warships were full of complex machinery, and crowded with sailors. The filth from these men and machines, as well as the corrosive action of the ocean, necessitated frequent cleaning to keep a warship looking presentable.
Here, sailors polish railings on the deck of the cruiser USS Olympia in Sailors were also responsible for paintwork, cleaning the hull, and washing down the entire ship after refueling with filthy coal.
The fight against dirt was a constant battle for sailors of the New Steel Navy. Pieces of sandstone were used to scour the wooden deck of warships. The name holystoning was derived from the fact that it was once done by hand, with sailors on their knees.
In this photo, sailors on the battleship USS Oklahoma holystone the deck of their ship. Rather than scrubbing on their knees, the scrubbing stones are attached to handles, like a mop.
Inspection In addition to maintaining the ship, sailors were required to carefully maintain their personal appearance and possessions. Frequent inspections ensured that they did so properly.
Sundays were generally reserved for full inspection, with much of Saturday used to prepare. Alternate Wednesdays were used for hammock and bag inspections. Additionally, sailors heading ashore for liberty would be inspected to ensure that they were properly attired for leave.
Sewing Sailors of the Steel Navy had a constant need for someone to sew.
Men with a sewing machine and skill could make money creating fancy variations of standard uniforms, proudly worn by sailors on liberty. These custom made uniforms adhered to Navy regulations, but featured higher quality material and embroidering.
Sewing was also an essential skill in the maintenance of the ship. Repair work on hammocks, canvas awnings, and even the sails of early steel ships required a nimble hand. Repair Warships are complex machines, and endure great punishment at sea.
As a natural course of events, things break, and must be repaired at sea. As the ships of the New Steel Navy grew ever more complex, skilled workmen were required to craft replacement parts, and perform repairs at sea.
Here, sailors of the repair ship USS Prometheus pose in a machine shop on board their ship. Drills Regular drills enhanced training and camaraderie on board ship.H-Gram commemorates the victory in World War I, covers the U.S. Navy's contribution toward that victory, and spotlights the U.S. Navy personnel awarded the Medal of Honor during the conflict.
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Join the Navy! The navy offered men the promise of stable pay, food, clothing, and housing. In the age of industrialization, but before the rise of labor unions and their work to protect laborers, this offer of stability was tempting to many men.
After 60 Years, Black Officers Still Rare Clarence Johnson, the equal opportunity director at the Pentagon, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, July 17, , at the Pentagon.
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