FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - CIVILIANS STORIES
Plate : A flat piece of metal used to build a ship.
Keel : The part of a ship that goes all the way along the bottom.
Frame : The part of something that gives it its shape. Your bones are the frame for your body.
Rivet : A metal peg used to join plates to frames.
Sticker : To stick something in a hole is to push it in. The rivet sticker put (stuck) the rivets into the holes in the plates.
Passer boy : Passed rivets to the rivet sticker, who put them in the holes.
Years ago ships were all riveted together. You built the ship one plate at a time. You put one plate down that was called the keel plate. Then from there you put frames on and added plates on it. The plates and frames all had holes in them ready for the rivets. My job was to put the rivets in the holes. I was called a rivet sticker, or passer boy.
|Previous Page||Contents||Next Page|