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Damage Control Phone, c1944 Item # F0061
Ah, wouldn't it be wonderful a simple telephone call was enough to put everything to rights? While this "Damage Control Telephone" is no longer operable, it is a fascinating remnant of marine history. Based on the handwritten tag that came with it, our salvage sleuths speculate that the phone came from the USS Sussex, a post-WWII navy vessel. After serving on the Coast Guard from 1944 to 1946, she was assigned to transport cargo back and forth between Seattle and various Alaskan ports. Later the Sussex served in the Korean War, carrying supplies and munitions across the Pacific to United Nations bases and ships. As far as we can tell, the telephone must've worked, as the Sussex was decommissioned in 1959, having sustained no appreciable damage after 15 years of service.
- Note: Unknown functionality
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