Page 22 - Frank Murphy and the Open Hearth
ISSUE : Issue 52
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/8/1
to get up with a fire extinguisher to put the grease out. The crane'd be burning--the grease'd be burn? ing up on the top of those gird? ers. And they'd still be pouring the heat, and there'd be men up with fire extinguishers putting it out. Walking out on those girders over that hot ladle. You know, sometimes, in order to catch a heat. Say a carbon is down, we'll say, to 40, and you're making 70-carbon rails. That means that you have to put 30 bags of coke in that ladle, and every one of them weigh over 60 pounds. And you had to throw it in. And you have a bunch of men lined up, and they just put their coats over their heads and they just throw one at a time, and keep going around in a circle, trying to get the coke in for you before she'd foam out of the ladle, you know.... And all those little technical things that they don't print. They don't put this in books, you see. You know, I could talk steel all day, I could talk steel for a month. That's all I do! (Frank laughs.) Ask me anything else, I wouldn't know! Frank and Thelma Murphy Hertz 24 HOUR SERVICE - 7 DAYS A WEEK 539-1538 539-5623 1430 George St. Sydney, N. S. Sydney Airport • FAST FRIENDLY SERVICE • FEATURING LATEST MODEL CARS, TRUCKS, & 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES iHwtxi • LOCAL PICKUP and DELIVERY To Resen/e a Car Sr'ar''K!! 1 -800-263-0600 The #1 way to rent a car. Our thanks to Elizabeth Beaton of The Steel Project at the Beaton Institute. University College of Cape Breton, for in? troducing us to Frank Murphy. Frank him? self collects information and artifacts for the Whitney Pier Historical Society and Museum. Most of the photos are from Frank's album, including a Toronto Star Weekly article called "Iron Men in a Steel Town." Photographs on pages 4 and 15 are by Johnny Abbass. Our thanks to Larry Bon? er, Nova Scotia Information Service, who has been photographing the steel opera? tions in Sydney for many years. Our thanks, as well, to Don Hollohan, Safety Inspector, our tour guide, and to Harvey MacLeod, Vice-President, Sydney Steel Corporation, for arranging our tour of the Open Hearth and Blast Furnace dur? ing the last days of operation, June 1989. SERVING CAPEBRETON • READY MIX CONCRETE • CONCRETE SEPTIC TANKS • PATIO BLOCKS PRIME BROOK, SYDNEY 539-5217 {Cape Breton Health Unit Asks You to "Stay a Winner-Don't Smoke!" For information about harmful effects on yourself, your friends, and your baby, contact your local Health Unit office: Nova Scotia ARICHAT 295-2944 BADDECK 295-2159 NEW WATERFORD 862-2204 CHETICAMP GLACE BAY INVERNESS MARGAREE NEIL'S HARBOUR 224-2410 849-4566 258-21 OOext. 134 248-2198 336-2295 PORT HOOD ST.PETERS SYDNEY SYDNEY MINES 787-3302 535-2026 563-2400 736-6245 PORT HAWKESBURY 625-1693 • Dental Health Services • Public Health Inspection • Prenatal Classes 'Health Education • Nutrition Information
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