Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room on board ship below the berth-deck, constructed and lighted like a magazine, and used for the stow age of loaded shell.
“He will see that the shot and shell whips are in place and in working order, and that shot-troughs are placed for conveying shot where required; that the Gunner and his Mates at the magazine hatches and scuttles, and the persons stationed at the shell-room scuttles, are ready to open them when the order is given.”
“At least one Quarter Gunner should be stationed at each division of guns; and a Gunner's Mate or Quarter Gunner in the smaller magazine, and in each shell-room.”
“There are required three gangs of four each for the passage of projectiles: one to whip them out of the hold, or shell-room; a second to pass them to the door of the turret-chamber; and a third to pass them to the scuttle and adjust them in the bearer.”
“One hundred bombs are at all times to be kept ready filled in the shell-room.”
“He will not permit shells to be filled, or their fuzes to be shifted or shortened, without his order; and whenever these operations are to be performed, he will see that a suitable and properly secured place, not in the shell-room, and as far from the magazine as convenient, is selected for the purpose.”
“The Shellmen return the shells and empty shell-boxes, if any remain on deck, to the shell-room.”
“Whenever it shall be necessary to load and fuze shell on board ship -- a properly secured place being first prepared, as directed by the Captain, not in the shell-room and as far from the magazine as convenient -- the shell, being strapped and sabotted, are to be examined to see that they are clean, both inside and out, and thoroughly dry.”
“FUZES, Plug-extractor No. | One to each shell-room.”
“The deck of the cock-pit had to be kept sluiced with water from the pumps, to extinguish the fire from the shells, although dreadfully wounded men were lying on this deck, and the water was icy cold; but the shell-room hatch opened out of the cock-pit, and fire must be kept out of there at all hazards, or the whole of us would go into the air together.”
“As she came to with her head up stream, another ball entered the shell-room below the water-line, and a third pierced her stern, always the weakest part of these vessels, going into the magazine, also below the water-line, flooding it instantly and causing the vessel to fill rapidly.”
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