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cot bedding did not need to be aired? n/t
With open space crew accommodations, the crew is spread "horizontally" throughout the space. Upon switching to specialized berthing compartments, less horizontal space was now available. Racks allow vertical "stacking," enabling you to "stuff" more people into a tighter space.
According to this 5:32 minute video on USS Olympia, crew morale considerations caused ship interior space design changes: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qn86FhT4Icg
Not in the video: Once a dedicated crew sleeping space was decided upon, racks became more practical and comfortable. No bundling bedding up to be aired out daily. More crew can be sleeping while others are on duty, since bedding did not need to be cleared away. Etc. Once the "open space" crew compartment tradition went away, the hammock tradition followed soon after for comfort considerations.
Why did the USN abandoned the hammock?
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