19 January 2010

Something to Crow About

From the Pittsburgh Press on this day in 1936:

Crow's Nest on Cunard Liner To Be Cozy

The crow's-nest on the foremost of the new Cunard White Star superliner Queen Mary will be a very cozy place, totally unlike anything that has gone before, as far as comfort is concerned, says Commodore Sir Edgar Britten, who will command the huge superliner. He says that the original crow's-nest was only a barrel lashed to the mast and was absolutely devoid of all conveniences.

The crow's-nest on the Queen Mary has electric heaters, telephones for keeping in constant communication with the bridge, and is protected by a steel screen, so curved as to throw the air impinging on it in an upward direction, thus keeping the lookout's area free from chilling winds.

The Queen Mary's crow's-nest will be 130 feet above the level of the sea, high enough for a visibility of nine miles in clear weather.

Instead of a seaman shouting out to the bridge, as has been the custom, ordinary messages will be given by bell signals, a code having been arranged which will be heard throughout the various sections of the officers' bridge.


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