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Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA

A Journal of daily activities at the Elizabeth Marine Ways 1898 to 1925 

January 24, 1921

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January 24, 1921 to February 3, 1921


 

Steamer Jim Brown  January 24, 1921   repairs to light Engine - new Rocker shaft - new governor  - Gibb and Key for end of S. Pitman

Steamer J.C. Risher Docked January 17, 1921  she broke all her Chains in Lock 3 from to heavy Coaling   Wm.Shaw  Captain  she was almost gone this time  we got her in the cradles just in time  she was hoged 1 3 ft.  We had a big job this time  the men were on a strike but we made it OK  got her in good shape - this time Doubled braced and chained her - every chain forward bad broke - the Pilot House was pulled away from the cabin - the C timbers from the Transomes and she was racked from stem to stern - put her in good shape - Painted her and she looked fine - finished and out at 9:30 AM February 9, 1921

Steamer Voyager  January 28, 1921  Boilers repaired

Strike on at the Ways January 15, 1921  the men are asked to accept a reduction of 17 %  bringing down to 6.60

Steamer Conqueror  February 3, 1921  for repairs to wheel - tillers - Kevels - Boiler deck - Room doors in deck room - raising aft of Boilers 2" - Ridge pole - E. room stanchion and other repairs finished February 15, 1921

The hog chains and hog chain braces were a system of bracing that kept the hull aligned or level, ("on an even keel"), in the water. This hog chain system ran from fore to aft and from side to side on the boat. These "chains" were not chains at all, but were long round iron rods, usually from 1" to 2 1/2" in diameter,  threaded on the ends and joined together by large turn-buckles. 
   These old wooden hulls were very limber and if the "chains" broke, the head of the boat would sag down from the weight of the boilers and coal supply. The stern of the boat would also sag down from the weight of the engines and paddlewheel. 
   So if "she was hoged 3 ft", as written above,  the bottom of the bow and the bottom of the stern were down in the water 3 feet more than the hull bottom at the middle of the boat. This was a very serious "hog",

January 24, 1921 to February 3, 1921

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