Amazing how a smaller workshop can change your perspective. A conversation from work today while manufacturing a bracket by hand.
” Fireman F, do you know what I miss?”
“Being a shipfitter?”
“This is shipfitting. I miss being a shipfitter with all the right and best tools at my disposal. We had a machine. Holler ‘Clear the buffalo’ push a button, and you’d have your holes punched”.
HTFN F, ” Lucky bastard. I wanna try that.”
I never thought I would miss the rerpair ship, but lo and behold, now I do. As a former XO once said, “Best two ships in the navy boys. The one you just left and the one you are going to.”