Unidentified sailor in the kitchen of the U.S.S. Akron. The aluminum stove was capable of serving a crew of fifty men on a ten day cruise. It was designed and built by Tappan Stove Company in Mansfield, Ohio. Constructed in Akron in 1931, it was used to determine the potential of rigid airships for Naval scouting fleets. On April 4, 1933, the U.S.S. Akron encountered a storm over the New Jersey coast and crashed tail-first into the sea. Only three of the seventy-six men on board survived the accident.
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