FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - CIVILIANS STORIES
Re-fit : To change a ship so it can do more things than it was built to do.
Merchant : A trader.
The merchant marine are all the ships used for trade.
As well as building new ships, there was a lot of re-fitting work. The re-fitting work was mostly on ships that were taking stuff to the war in Europe. These were merchant marine ships. We worked on them putting on tie dog straps so that lumber or tanks or whatever they had to take with them could be fastened on. The Tie Dogs were metal pieces fixed to the ship so that straps fastened to them tied down the cargo placed on the deck. That way it would not get washed overboard. Those ships took a lot of cargo strapped to the deck.
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