The Engineering Department
Following are some photos of the Engineering Department passed on by Chief Machinist Mate Archie McFadden. Many will remember the Chief as the main helper in the ship's hobby shop for many years. He was also instrumental, along with Jim Arbogast and the entire Engineering Department, for what became known as the "cleanest engine room in the fleet".
To the rest of RADRON ONE, read it and weep! Yes, it was the cleanest engine room in the fleet. The photo shows Ensign Jim Arbogast pointing to a sign at the entrance to the engine room which read:
YOU HAVE JUST ENTERED THE MOST
OUTSTANDING ENGINEROOM IN THE FLEET. YOU
ARE INVITED TO INSPECT AND ADMIRE, HOWEVER
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OUR SPACES.
EVERY MAN HAS CONTRIBUTED HIS BEST EFFORT
As I recall, this sign created quite a stir amongst the other ships of RADRON ONE. Apparently VADM. F.S. Kivette, who was COMWESTSEAFRON "OK'd" it's presence. The AGR's came under the operational control of Admiral Kivette when they were not on Picket station. I can't recall how long the sign remained up or what the final outcome was. If anyone has any more information on this episode, please let me know: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Firemen GILBERT on the phone, MAHAVIER at the throttle and EVANS taking a break. This photo is looking aft from between the two boilers.
BT Fireman EVANS checks gauges while Fireman MERTES adjusts burners.
BT Fireman GILBERT adjust valve at the H.P. cylinder head. Note the all aluminum diamond plating on deck an around cylinder heads.