Fun & Facts: (A bit of this, and a little of that.)

Boilermakers in History:

The very first Boilermaker…Hero of Alexandria; also known as Heron of Alexandria (10 AD – c. 70 AD) was a mathematician and engineer who was active in his native city of Alexandria, Roman Egypt. He is considered the greatest experimenter of antiquity[2] and his work is representative of the Hellenistic scientific tradition.[3]

Heron's most famous invention was his Aeolipile, a device which showed how to unlock the power of steam, centuries before De Garay, Taqi Al-Din, Watt, and Trevithick. The Aeolipile consisted of a copper stand resting upon a boiler, with two pipes rising perpendicularly from the surface.

These both bent inwards by 90 degrees, acting as an axis for a pivoting sphere with two oppositely bent nozzles protruding from its surface. As the water in the boiler gave off steam, this made its way into the sphere and was ejected from the nozzles at high speed, causing the sphere to rotate.

Heron's Aeolipile (Public Domain)
Heron's Aeolipile
(Public Domain)

Boilermakers dictionary of coined words and phrases:

1. Hot Tacking:

• A term used to describe a process during “fit-up”. Where-as a button tack is placed and then quickly smacked with a beater. The process enables a person to close small gaps without the need to use any rigging.

2. Beater:

• A sledge hammer. Commonly refered to by its weight (e.g. - 'a 4lb. beater.)

3. Sky Hook:

• An imaginary tool that apprentices were historicly sent on a wild-goose chasees to retrieve from the tool room.

4. “Put your purse down…”:

• Often mentioned as a jibe towards anyone assumed not using their full strength when more strength is obviously needed to complete the task.

5. Slug:

• A person with a questionable work ethic.