USS Massachusetts BB-59
War Diary Deck Logs 1942-1945
Updated 23 February 2011: Battle of Casablanca
Thanks to our friend, Bob Carbone (BOBC-59), for the material on this page. Bob has recently battled back from some health issues and all of his friends wish him continued improvement.
Bob served aboard the USS Massachusetts and is a plank owner. He has been a frequent and welcome contributor to the Battleship vs. Battleship Forum on Navweaps.com and everyone there is looking forward to more of his posts as soon as he's up to it. [Looks like all those good thoughts worked!]
For more about what Bob did (in his own words) and the responsiblities of a sailor with a water tender rate on active duty, read this at the bottom of the page.
The following PDF files detail the daily activities aboard the USS Massachusetts from 25 October, 1942 through 31 December 1945. Information such as ship movement, drills, battle action, enemy activity, refueling, restocking of food, supplies and ammunition, visits by various Admirals and strategies are included.
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When I was oil/waterking my main duties were keeping the ship on an even keel and keeping the fire rooms' service tanks ready. I also tested the boiler water for the right salinity and Ph. I kept the fresh water for every day use at the proper salinity, transfered fuel oil from storage to boiler room service tanks, moved around ballast for trimming. Also ran tests like flash point, viscosity etc. on newly received fuel oil . After I made 2nd class I went into fire room for duty on the lower level as feed pump and service pump operator or on the upper level as check valve operator.
That is a rough one to keep the boiler water at a constant half way mark. It will vary a bit on a zigzag, or really vary on a speed change up /down. When I made 1/C was P.O. in charge of shift if no chief was around. When in port, if we had hotel duty or not, we did our own maintainance, like cleaning fire side and/or water side, repairing firebox and replacing leaking water tubes in boiler/condensers. We did everything that needed to be done to be battle ready at all times. Fire room #3 was my battle station also. It was water check #5 and #6 boilers.
That's what a water tender rate duties were in a nut shell: anything to do with the operation of fire room and water, fuel oil and ballast. When I got out my rank was WT1c. I probably left out some duties but, hell, it was 60 odd years ago.
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