Messman on HMCS Ojibwa
One of the assigned tasks aboard HMCS Ojibwa was that of Messman. Unlike her siblings, Onondaga and Okanagan, there was no dedicated cafeteria-like space on Ojibwa. Submariners ate in their Mess where they also slept or spent their spare time. To complicate things further, the galley was located in a very small space just aft of the Control Room removed from the Mess areas of the boat. To accommodate the restricted space of the galley, each Mess area had a sink where the dishes could be washed before returning the plates to the galley and the utensils to a drawer near the sink. The only dishes washed in the Galley were those used to produce the meals.
Retired Chief Engine Room Artificer, Gilles Poirier, answered some of our questions about the role of the Messman and meal time on a submarine.
No Comfy Chairs on Oberon Class Submarines
By Jim 'Lucky' Gordon
We sat on seat lockers in the sound room, radar room, radio room and in many other spaces in the boat. They were all very much the same; mostly the same height and depth with various lengths designed to fit in a particular space and not interfere with access to important equipment, valves etc. They also held spare gear, maintenance publications, personal gear, etc.. There was little consideration to comfort or ergonomics. Veterans’ Affairs has accepted that spinal problems can be partially attributed to long watches sitting precariously on those seat lockers.