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LAID OFF: Janice Sowles of Ocean Beach, Calif., a shipfitter at NASSCO-General Dynamics, waited for a ride outside the gate after being laid off Monday morning.
A shipfitter, unaware of the fuel being pumped, came to complete a welding job which had been started earlier that day on another boat.
Almost instantly after the shipfitter struck an arc with his welder, the fuel fumes near where the fuel was being pumped into the water ignited.
Perhaps he was some sort of space-going mechanic, shipfitter or something.
A shipfitter, supervised by the purser, the hull officer, and the medical officer, made a slight change in the air-conditioning ducts to one cabin; two worried passengers sloughed off their cares under the influence of a nonlethal dose of sleeping gas.
(Chris Oxley/U.S. Navy) "I'm a shipfitter so I build things," he said as he reflected on countless hours he has spent fashioning parts for submarines.
-- Leo Hampton Collins Jr. and Hazel Louann Collins of South Carolina claim Leo Hampton Collins Jr. developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter and shipfitter from 1945 until 1951 and as a laborer and maintenance man from 1950 until 1990.
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