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Re: Help identify ship quarters drawing
Posted by Fran Kent on April 23, 2009, 4:20 pm, in reply to "Re: Help identify ship quarters drawing"
Two cents' worth: I don't believe anyone is going to find a standard configuration of spaces on Liberty ships. The one I served on, S.S. Alexander Martin, bore no resemblance to either of the drawings (e.g., I can recall no berthing for Navy personnel on the port side amidships). It should be kept in mind, I think, that spaces could be modified to meet the needs of the moment, i.e., bunks could be added or removed. An oddity I recall is that merchant seamen referred to their quarters as the "fo'c'sle," a throwback to a time when seamen were actually berthed in the ship's forecastle. I wouldn't make book on any of this, though. It was a long time ago.