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Fire Room

Boiler Room

Courtesy: The Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing

Coal being shoveled into one of the furnaces in the fire room. This particular photograph is from the USS Massachusetts, sister ship of the USS Oregon. The men that work in the fire rooms spent hours and sometimes days without seeing the light of day and the conditions down here were very dangerous. It was extremely hot and dirty and the air was thick with coal dust. The average temperature down here would be about 110 degrees; hotter if you were in the topics or a similarly hot climate. 

 

Boilers

Credit: Oregon Historical Society, #OrHi 2158.36

Above: Actual picture of the fire room on the USS Oregon. Click on above photograph to see the boiler feed pump.

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Cut-away view

Cutaway drawing courtesy of the American Society of Naval Engineers

 

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