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Boilermaker: 1942

Boilermaker: 1942

June 1942. "Combustion Engineering Co., Chattanooga. Welder making boilers for a ship." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.


Welding Cables are lighter today

I am sure you are correct about the boiler but welding has changed some over the years we do not have to use a big fat copper cable like that anymore.

Combustion Engineering

Worked for CE many times in the field. Things don't change much -- this picture could have been taken today. What he's working on is called a spool piece.

- Bill Ricards, Boilermaker Local 169, Michigan

Combustion Engineering

Sixty-six years later it still looks exactly the same in that factory. They are still making boilers.

Matt C
Chattanooga, TN

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