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The USS Oregon recoaling her bunkers


Above: A drawing from Century Magazine depicting the re-coaling of the USS Oregon.  The process hundreds of tons of coal on board was a difficult tasks. Baskets of coal would be carried onto the ship and then taken to the bunkers located at various places around the ship.

 

Above:  The recoaling continues into the night.  This drawing shows the Oregon in Puenta Arenas taken coal on board.  The Oregon used her searchlights for perimeter security and dispatched her steam cutters to provide security around the ship.  Rumor from ashore indicated that Spanish sympathizers would try to sabotage the ship by placing a bomb in with the coal.  All coal was carefully checked, slowing the process down considerably.

 

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