Wednesday, August 18, 2010

They forgot "KISS YOUR A$$ GOODBYE!"

Spotted in the bowels of the SS Red Oak Victory....

Notice the communications device to the right, manufactured by Hose McCann. Did you know that Hose-McCann pioneered the sound powered telephone over 80 years ago? Not only that; their engineers have expanded its capabilities to make it the most effective choice for keeping the vital lines of communication open to coordinate successful emergency building evacuation or to fulfill other critical communication needs.

Hose McCann, TSG salutes you!


Parm said...

Huh. I'd never heard of Hose-McCann. I went and checked out their website. What is mildly curious to me is that I've spent a good part of the last 25 years working with inventions in the communications arts, including a lot of public safety systems. I think what hid these guys from me is their reliance on good old copper (or optical fiber, or whatever) rather than over-the-air stuff. Anyway, it's good to know about these guys and their good works.

As for the sign, it got me to thinking a little bit. Water is a wonderful attenuator for radiation. So, going deep into the bowels of a ship seems like a good idea. Problem is, looking straight up, there is no water there. A lot of ships have a lot of iron and steel there, though, so again, survival chances seem improved.

Still, you're hosed, right? If you're near the blast, you're gonna get tossed around. And if you're in the radiation zone, you can't hide down in those ship bowels very long, probably.

So, yeah, kiss your ass good-bye.

Mr. B. said...

I wonder when the sign was originally installed on the ship. Since the Red Oak Victory was commissioned in '44, it's a good bet that the new clear [sic] warning was posted later on in the ship's career. Perhaps I should make an investigative jaunt to the Jeremiah O'Brien (a vessel of the same vintage* on display at Pier 45 in Frisco) to see if a similar sign resides in the engine room there.

Re: Iowa State Fair comment--Of the 16 food items on a stick listed, I only tried a couple, and the pork chop was definitely my favorite when I attended back in '05. That's the one bad thing about going to a food-rich event by yourself--you can really only sample a tiny percentage of the available comestibles, tempting(?) as they all might be.

*Technically speaking, the O'Brien was a Liberty Ship as opposed to a Red Oak being a Victory Ship.