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Catalog Number 2004.8.15
Object Name Handbill
Accession number 2004.8
Description An informational handout for troops aboard the U.S.S. Wilhelmina.

The handout is broken down into seven section.

Section 1: Decks
This section explains the names for each of the four decks, and how the troop deck is divided up. It also details how the bunks are numbered and that the doors between troop compartments will be closed from 9 P.M. to reveille, allowing not communication between compartments.

Section 2: Food Service
This section details how each troop compartment should get to the mess room and then explains the procedures that should be followed when in the mess room.

Section 3: Washrooms and Toilets
This section details where the bathrooms are for the individual troop compartments. It also states that no trash should be thrown into the sinks or toilets.

Section 4: Emergency Drills
This section explains the procedures that soldiers will take when drills are conducts. It also states that a drill will be conducted 15 minutes after every sunset when in the war zone.

Section 5: General
This section details general rules that must be followed for the duration of the trip such as no spitting on deck, salt water only for bathing, when the canteen will be open, no removing of washbasins from washrooms, making sure to tie the life vest to the bed before leaving the ship, prohibition of tobacco in the berthing spaces, prohibition on throwing anything overboard during daylight hours, and how things will be thrown overboard at night time.

Section 6: Smoking
This section explains that smoking is prohibited in bathrooms or on decks during the night, and that matches and flashlights are not aloud.

Section 7: Recreation
This section details the area of the decks that are set aside for recreation, where soldiers cannot go when not on duty, and when meals will be given.


From the World War One service of Sgt. 1st Class Harry M. Tompkins, Co. E. 110th Engrs., 35th Division, AEF, then 5th Engr. Training Regiment.

Date n.d.
Subjects Ocean travel
Decks (Ships)
Mess halls
Bathrooms
Drills (military)
Smoking
Tobacco
Trash
Officers' quarters
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