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I know that you can't really get a good idea of what it must have been like whilst she was in active service from this photo but this view of the UNITED STATES Crew Mess reminds me of one of those abandoned prison's that you see on the History Channels "Abandoned Buildings".

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Yes, utilitarian springs to mind! Maybe some of the members that served on Liberty's can add to the spartan, pure "utility" design of american ships. I would think that the food was a little better than "prison fare"!
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Yes I expect that the food was a little bit better than "prison fare" it would have to be to make up for the spartan utility design.

Although when I first went to sea the crew mess area on the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 which I have to admit that I hardly ever frequented was also very basic.

As newer ship's came into service or after major refits the crew mess area's certainly improved though.

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Recently, on Chinese (Hong Kong) manned ships, there is always food on hand while the Cook prepares the formal meal. Rice, beans, etc. Well stocked too, having had to inspect the larder and fridges. Several years ago, I inspected a vessel at anchor in Ensenada. The Master had ordered up a lunch of "swim, fly and moo", with several tidbits in between (prawns come to mind). It reminded me of my times in Blue Funnel, where we ate like kings at a banquet!
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The crew mess area's on the current cruise ships are more or less open 24/7 with food and beverage available throughout the day and in somewhat luxury compared to ship's of old.

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