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Page 15 - Frank Murphy and the Open Hearth

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/8/1 (233 reads)

u ' ''*-' • .',.v' / BH'I'S] M-:'m "'imfi''"'- ?? J i ! ??i S i -: J 'I P • • "> 1 • k m '', 1 1 ' .t,,,. Wr=i ' ?' -Sf''Sfii ::'l? 800,000 TONS OF STEEL, DECEMBER 16,1964, HEAT #4034 Left to light: Frank Murphy, Stogick, Donald MacDonald, Ned Carew, Don Hanrahan, Alvln MacDonald, John Nellie Campbell job. Yeah, that went on here. Yeah, relig? ion played a part in it.... Now, for instance, on the backshift. Now, it'd be nothing to have a big feed of her? ring and potatoes. We'd bring out the po? tatoes and the herring, have a big bucket and.... Between the furnaces, we'd just pour the hot metal on the ground, and put the bucket on it and boil it, and have a big feed on the back--or corned beef and cabbage. And a bottle of rum'd be in the cupboard, and you'd have a drink of rum or something. The oidtimers are more so for the rum, you know. You'd take your furnace shovel and you'd just wash it off, and then you'd put the capelin on it, and put it in front of a peephole. In the furnace, where you take the test out. And you'd fry your capelin there, right on the shovel.... (Have a meal together.) Oh, yeah, they'd sit down. The furnace crew would do that. Whatever crew--like, if I was on Number 3, we'd have herring and potatoes, probably, and next night we'd have corned beef and cabbage. But you still bring your lunch out. Because we worked the long hours. We were working 11 by day and 13 by night. We'd go to 7 o'clock in the morning and come home, and then the other shift would come out at 5 o'clock and stay till the next morning. And on Sunday, if you were changing, going from backshift to day- shift, you went out on Sunday morning at 7, and you came home Monday morning. Twen? ty-four hours you never came home at all. EXPLORE SYDNEY'S PAST... CAPE BRETON CENTRE FOR HERITAGE AND SCIENCE 225 George Street OPEN YEAR ROUND Summer Hours till Labour Day: 10-4 Monday to Saturday; 2 - 5 Sunday Operated by the Old Sydney Society For information call (902) 539-1572 ST. PATRICK'S MUSEUM 87 Esplanade OPEN: June 12 to Labour Day 9:30 - 5:30 Daily COSSIT HOUSE 75 Charlotte Street OPEN: May 15 to October 31 9:30 - 5:30 Daily A branch museum of the Nova Scotia Museum CJomplex
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