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Re: Sable and Wolverine
US Great Lakes (coal-burning, paddle-wheel) training aircraft carriers USS Sable
and USS Wolverine
used International Harvester Company "Farmall Cub" type tractors for deck work; not surprising as the CVs operated in Lake Michigan, tied up at Chicago's Navy Pier...
...and IHC Corp. was headquartered in Chicago.
Interesting but normal for Chicago, during winter, the tractors, equipped with front power takeoffs were fitted with rotary snow "plow" brushes (about 36" diameter) used for clearing decks.
Thanks to Tom Clark, Navistar Inc. Corporate Historian, for this fact and a photo which has been misplaced.
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