FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - CIVILIANS STORIES
Carpenter : Someone who makes things using wood.
Winch : A machine that winds a cable around a drum or spool. Anything attached to the end of the cable gets pulled up too. ( The reel on a fishing pole is a kind of winch.)
The Coast Guard ship Cornwallis was ready for the sea again. I worked on it this time as ships carpenter. Some of the things I did had nothing to do with wood. I got the job because I knew how to work the winches, and they did not have a winch operator. I trained people to use the heavy equipment. I looked after anchoring the ship, and the lights on the buoys. Each buoy flashed a light in a code that set it apart from all the others. That way the crews on ships knew where their ship was sailing. I had to know what the code was for each of the buoys. I had to set the right code when we had finished tending a buoy and put back into the sea.
Elmo Logan works the winch
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