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American Crafts During a Time of Need

There were no cars manufactured in Detroit during the war. Those plants were converted to turn out jeeps, tanks, and aircraft. And I would be willing to bet that were not a lot chairs, dining room tables or kitchen cabinets made during the War either. Those skills were needed for the War effort.
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PT Boat exhibit at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. This exhibit along with the Battleship Massachusetts BB59, Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. DD850, and the Submarine Lionfish SS298.

You could spend a week at Battleship Cove, but you certainly won’t regret your trip and whatever time you can allocate for the experience.
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Teak Decking

On a visit to the museum battleship USS Massachusetts DD59 at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA, I found myself overwhelmed by the massive amount of steel that we needed to win the war. Steel and shipyards and welders and riveters and crane operators and so on by the thousands. And when I looked down, I noticed I was walking on a artfully crafted wooden deck. WWII era US Naval ships had some traditional boatbuilding in the form of teak decks. It wasn’t just tradition, though. Steel decks were problematic. They could be very slippery when wet with water or blood. They could discharge static electricity causing a possible powder ignition. They built up tremendous heat, especially on the deck below. Wood could splinter dangerously in an attack, but teak splintered less than other woods. Teak was also very weather resistant. These old decks are in pretty good shape, after 75 years of exposure to the elements.

PT Boats

Not all the ships that went to war were built of steel. PT boats, launches and other smaller craft were built from wood. There was even a plane built of wood and not very many sailboats and yachts built during those years. The PT boat was built for agility and speed.

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