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Aft Berthing Compartments


The majority of the enlisted crew on a destroyer escort lived in three bunk rooms or berthing compartments in the after third of the ship.  This space fell between the aft motor room and after steering compartments.  Bunks were stacked three high and each sailor had a bunk locker under the bottom bunks for stowing their personal gear.  The forward most of these bunk rooms was designated compartment C-201-L and below that compartment were fuel oil tanks.  The second compartment was designated C-202-L was on top of the ammunition magazines for the 3” 50 caliber and 40mm guns.  The third and after most compartment was designated C-203-L and below that compartment was the depth charge stowage and additional compartments for spare parts storage. 

During peace time, the men in each compartment lived by department.  Generally, members of the Engineering Department, Ordnance Department and Operations Department slept back aft.  During war time, crews more often bunked by watch section.  This avoided the possibility of all the specialists in one area being killed or injured in the event of battle damage.  Furthermore, this allowed all the men of a particular watch station to be awakened simultaneously.

After berthing aboad the USS SLATER DE766
Aft berthing compartment C-202-L aboard the USS SLATER DE766

Aft berthing compartment aboard the USS JACOB JONES DE130 - 1944
Aft berthing compartment aboard the USS JACOB JONES DE130 - 1944


Historic

Crew in berthing compartment aboard the USS DURIK DE666
Crew in berthing compartment aboard the USS DURIK DE666

Pre-Restoration

After berthing Pre-Restoration
Aft berthing compartment
C-202-L before restoration

Current

After berthing compartment after restoration
Aft berthing compartment
C-202-L after restoration