Sheepshead Bay Training Station, US Maritime Service
Posted 11 September 2010 - 10:20 AM
Here's the background I've been able to locate and include with the image in my database:
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Coast Guard purchased over 100 acres of land on the eastern tip of Brooklyn for a training center. Three-quarters of the property was set aside for the Sheepshead Bay Maritime Service Station. The purpose of the base was to train seamen for service in the Merchant Marine.
The educational program was divided between preliminary and advanced instruction, and over the course of four weeks, trainees received schooling in twenty different subjects. The six branches of advanced instruction included: Deck, Engine, Cooks, Pursers, Hospital Corps, and the Chief Steward. Emergency training included how to prevent shipboard fire, the use of fire-fighting equipment, how to use lifeboats and rescue gear, breathing equipment, and how to swim under burning oil. Recruits also received gunnery instruction.
The Coast Guard administered the training program until mid-summer 1942, when a Presidential Order transferred operation of Merchant Marine training to the Training Organization of the War Shipping Administration.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 09:41 AM
Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:44 AM
Yes...mentioned in the first line of my post...fall of 1942. :thumbsup:
Oops, missed that Dave.
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