USS Albacore - Crew's Washroom

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The crew's washroom and toilet facilities served the 50 man enlisted crew. The toilets were flushed using sea water and drained into a second sanitary tank located under the deck. Because fresh water was costly in electricity to make at sea, fresh water usage was pretty much limited to about a gallon per man per day. A partial sink full of water was used to take a "bird bath". This consisted of brushing teeth, shaving, washing hands, face and whatever parts of the body needed washing. Due to sanitation requirements, only the cooks, baker and mess cooks were allowed to exceed the stringent water limitations. A weekly shower was taken if there was sufficient fresh water available.