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Engine Room Entrance USS Edson DD-946
Dedicated to all the Mullinnix
BTs "Boiler Rats" and
MMs "Flange Heads".
The men, know simply as "Snipes", the men who arguable had
the worst job in the Navy...

Boiler room

Bravo 1 (Foward Boiler Room)
USS Mullinnix in early 70's.

    Pictures courtesy of BT3 Greg "BO" Bohmert.    

Bravo 1
Bravo 1 - Forward Fire Room - early 70's. Courtsey BT3 Greg "Bo" Bohmert.
Bravo 1
Bravo 1 - Forward Fire Room - early 70's. Courtsey BT3 Greg "Bo" Bohmert.
Bravo 1
Bravo 1 - Forward Fire Room - early 70's. Unknown shipmate. Courtsey BT3 Greg "Bo" Bohmert.
Main Control Throttles - Terry TR Daniels
Terry "TR" Daniels @ the Main Control Throttles - 1971-2 Carribean Cruise. Courtsey MM3 Dale Schultz.
Lowver Level Main Control 1971-2 - MM2 Merlyn Gaddis
Lower Level Main Control 1971-2 Carribean Cruise. MM2 Merlyn Gaddis is hard at it! Courtsey MM3 Dale Schultz.
MMC Akers - BTC Bobby Richards
MMC Akers & BTC Bobby Richards - a couple of the 'good guys' (1971-2 Carribean Cruise). Courtsey MM3 Dale Schultz.


The Mullinnix had two firerooms, B-1 and B-3. The 4 main spaces were designated fore to aft as B-1, B-2, B-3 and B-4. Or phonetically, Bravo-one,Bravo-two, etc. In days of old when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel....a ship's decks below the main deck were lettered A, B, C etc with A being the main deck and each deck down was a letter greater. Levels above the main deck were numbered going up from 01, 02, 03, etc. The main engineering spaces being the first space below the main deck (in that section of the ship) were considered to be on the "B" deck and the space numbers began with a "B". Then, sometime before Zumwalt a whole new numbering system was established that didn't change much above the main deck. However, all the letters below the main deck went away and the decks now were numbered 1-2-3-4-5 instead of A-B-C-D-E. So actually, Main Control, Forward Engineroom, B-2, Bravo-two, and 5-82-E were all the same place. These enginerooms and firerooms were commonly referred as "the hole" or more correctly "the hold" as in down in the "hold" (cargo area of a sailing vessel) of a ship. "Hole" or "hold" was usually preceded by an adjective beginning with the letter "f". Their were also sometimes called "the pit", MM's were "Flange Heads", BT's were "Boiler Rats", and collectively they were known as "Snipes". The engineers that worked in A-gang and maintained auxiliary machinery throughout the ship were "fresh air snipes".


2 Geared Steam Turbines, 2 Shafts
4 Foster Wheeler 1,200 psi
NAVY Distillate Fuel
2 General Electric geared steam
4,500 NM @ 20kts
32.5-33 knots


3,950 tons
2,850 tons


Aft Engine Room on USS Edson (very similar to Mullinnix)

Following picture courtesy of George Cochran

Mullinnix B-4 Engine Room 1978-9
Unknown Shipmate

Bravo Boiler Room - 1978 (Middle East)

"Engineering - 1978 (Middle East)

               THANKS GUYS!               

Contact makers are the heavy-duty switches which are activated to set off the various emergency alarms. They are water-resistant (immersible to 15 feet without leakage) and guarded to prevent accidental activation. Some contact makers are painted distinctive colors for easy recognition. The handles that activate critical contact makers are fashioned with special knobs (such as the "T-handle" for the power plant casualty alarm) that allow for the activation of the correct alarm in darkness by feel.


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