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The Smoke Watch

A crewman on watch duty
Description: Drawing, Charcoal and Goauche on Paper; by Lawrence Beall-Smith; 1943; Unframed Dimensions 8H X 11W
Accession #: 88-159-JX as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Aloft on a searchlight platform, the smoke watch stands a chilly vigil.  In war, heavy black smudges from the stacks of a warship are dangerous tell-tales to the enemy.  On an aircraft carrier, smoke is doubly dangerous as it also interferes with launching and taking aboard planes.  To engineering officers below, the most desirable smoke condition is a light haze, so a smoke watch is posted to report to the engine room on smoke conditions above decks.  Below may be seen bundled and hooded seamen cleaning the flight deck.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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