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    Since I have already cut this poor machine to the bone in post #6 As I said also there is proof of concept and ingenuity involved in its obvious deliberate design. Since it was as I understand it primarily designed for shipboard use Most likely aboard a smaller possibly cramped for space vessel As with most vessels the machine rooms and engine rooms are as low in the keel as possible The engines for obvious reasons. this machine due to its design meant you needed full access all the way around it so placing it near amidships directly over the spine of the keel where the ship would have the least motion would have been my choice. also the machine has one other characteristic unique to it that being the shared total mass and rigidity of a single large frame which all functions or work stations on the machine would have benefited from this. It is unlikely that more than a few of these were ever used simultaneously since there would have been probably only a machinist and maybe 2 machinist mates sharing duty under normal conditions.
    As far as rigging to install or remove it this would have been done with the use of an "H" shaped spreader bar with a minimum of 4 rigging lines while it was still bolted to a shipping pallet made out of either a large wood frame work or a welded steel pallet the rigging lines would have been attached to special pocket hooks which would have been secured near each of the 4 corners these pockets can be seen in the first photo these pockets are also where some of the anchorages to secure the machine to the floor are
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    Frank S - thanks for the interesting read. Placement of this tool as you suggest makes sense. I had forgotten the importance of keeping that equipment low and amidships where it would experience the least motion in heavy seas. The rigging you suggest makes sense although it probably wouldn't be much help in getting the machine into a small building. But then I've seen some pretty clever professional machine mover do the darn near impossible with two big forklifts and operators who to say the least were a real team.
    This does motivate some internet searching on the subject of machine shops aboard Navy ships and the roles of the machinery repairman rate. My one experience at sea was a 10 day reservist training cruise on a WWII Navy Gearing Class destroyerout of Norfolk, VA, that was nearing the end of it's life in 1963. Turned out the guy in the crew who gave everybody haircuts was a 1st class machinery repairman. We got to talking when I got a haircut and he ended up showing me the compartment where the shop was located, just aft of midships and one level above the main machinery deck. It had an about 12 inch lathe and drill press, all I remembered. No mill and if there was a bandsaw I didn't remember it. The whole setup wasn't much more than 8x10 feet.
    I ended up going to OCS and sailing a desk in the Navy air training command for 3 years. The only other Navy ship I ever had a chance to look around was a nuclear attack submarine docked nearby the destroyer when we got back to port from the training cruise. And all I saw of the inside of that one was forward of "you can't go there without a security clearance" wall forward of the machinery. A bit cramped but noticeably better living quarters than on the tin can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Weldon View Post
    I'd love to know how you transported it into your workshop. And if in pieces, how it came apart for transport.
    I cheated on this one; poured 6" reinforced concrete, then when set, just had the machine unloaded onto the floor, then built the workshop extension around the machine.
    Transport was flat bed truck with 20Ton HIAB, moved as one unit. All I did was to take off some of the smaller bits like tailstock, 4 jaw chuck, etc.

    I have since dismantled parts like the grinder pedestal (mainly to get access to wiring conduits) but machine was in generally good condition and a full strip down wasn't really necessary.

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