“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ashtabula in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Ship Air Funnel

Ship Air Funnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 13, 2019
1. Ship Air Funnel Marker
Inscription.  Restoration of the Air Funnel made possible through a donation by Robert (Bob) Halman in Memory of his wife, Sara Halman.

A ship's air funnel is used to send cool air from the ships upper deck to the lower levels of the ship. It can be mounted anywhere on the deck. A gear mounted on the bottom of the funnel and attached to a rod or handle can rotate the funnel 360. Cool air is forced through metal duct work to the lower levels where the air can be hot and stagnant because port holes can not be opened. There was no air conditioning aboard ships at this time.

The funnel was donated to the museum by Peter and his wife Jeannie Droese in 2010. It was purchased from Louis Simon, owner of Marine Scrapping of Ashtabula, Ohio. Mr. Droese and his son spent many hours stripping and painting the funnel. The family used it for fires to keep warm after snowmobiling and for outdoor entertainment. Over the years' use the steel bands began to deteriorate. Trailers were used many times to move this Giant!

A trailer donated by Bill Amidon was used to transport the funnel to Halman Fabrication & Manufacturing for restoration
Ship Air Funnel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 13, 2019
2. Ship Air Funnel Marker
and painting with help from Jack Perskari, Jim Wisuri, Glenn Beagle and Bob Frisbie.

In 2013 Bob Halman decided to sell his business, Halman Fabrication & Manufacturing because of health concerns. The funnel was transported to Newbury Sandblastin & Painting, Newbury, Ohio for sandblasting. When completed Creative Mold & Machine, Inc. owner Greg Davis powder coated the gear base. Then it was taken to Phillips & Son Welding & Fabricating, Unionville, Ohio for repair of the bottom funnel bands by Ken Watts again. Months later Ken Watts delivered the funnel to Diversified Maintenance Co. of North Bloomfield for painting. After completion the funnel was put in storage for the winter and then delivered to Bob Frisbie until it was ready to be put on display. In October, 2014 J.J. Dragon and Sons Construction Company donated the materials and labor for the footer and pad.

Display was completed on November 8, 2014 !!

Special thanks to
Ken Watts, Jack Perskari, Al Santill, Jim Frisbie, Harold Mackey, Lynn Stright, Bob Frisbie, Joe Dragon and Nicole Frisbie.
Erected 2014.
Location. 41° 54.096′ N, 80° 48.007′ W. Marker is in Ashtabula, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker is on Walnut Boulevard east of Hulbert Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1071 Walnut Boulevard, Ashtabula OH 44004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Run Away Lake Erie Buoy (here, next to this marker); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Bascule Lift Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ashtabula River (about 700 feet away); 1017 (about 700 feet away); 1003 (about 700 feet away); 1005 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashtabula.
Categories. Waterways & Vessels

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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