|There was a large cheese platter put out in the morning. Once we sat down|
for meetings, they put out the remaining cheeses on our tables.
|One of the options was filet mignon with tiger prawns. I debated on this, but|
decided to go with the lamb because I don't get lamb as often as filet mignon.
After the lunch portion was over, we walked down to Pier 42 to see the USS O'Brien. I love this kind of stuff. Little did we know (until now) that the Titanic was filmed in the engine room. Remember that scene when Jack and Rose are frolicking in the burning red engine room post coitus? This is the engine room where it was filmed. The O'Brien actually went to Normandy 11 times and is still operating. Pretty impressive if you ask me. It was the only US ship that made it back to Normandy for the 50 year anniversary.
The docent in the engine room said that it only takes three people to man the engine room and they would work in four hour shifts. The main floor gets to be 85 degrees, but the second and third levels where the engine actually moves can get to 130-140 degrees. There is one engine room person who constantly monitors the parts to make sure they are well oiled and don't over heat. I wouldn't want to be that guy running around on the second and third levels. But, his hard earned work doesn't go unrecognized. The engine has never completely broken down.