14 thoughts on “Joseph N. Teal Liberty Ship, 1942

  1. Her keel was laid on 13 Sept. 1942; she was launched on 23 September; she was delivered on 26 September – all in 13 days! That was a lot faster than normal.

    I need help in identifying another ship of the Keystone Shipping Co. seen on the Portland waterfront in 1952. If you can help, please contact oldpaint@q.com.

  2. Not big ones anymore.A few inland barges maybe. We don’t even have a dry dock anymore. We sold that for peanuts about 15 years ago. It was built with public money and was touted as a job maker. It never really made that much money and after they stopped sending the Alaskan oil tankers here to be repaired business dried up. I worked for a while for the last ship repair contractor before they went under. Portland’s glory days as a port are well behind us now.

  3. Just like building a car.
    Despite the ships were virtually cookie cutter alike designs. All the sub-assemblies were built ahead of time, but all these sections took weeks to complete.
    The ship was put together in sections welded together what just took the 10 days or whatever.

    All the pipes wiring etc were in place ready to be joined. They hardly prepped for painting. Just sprayed directly on the steel. These vessels (if they survived attack) were not expected to last but a few years.

  4. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR PHOTOS OF THE RED RUST SHIPS THAT WERE BEING DECOMMISSIONED AT TONGE POINT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. ALL MY PHOTOS HAVE BEEN LOST. DO YOU OR DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS PHOTOS OF THE FLEET. THERE WERE 100’S OF SHIPS. I HAVE TRIED THE MARITIME FOLKS AT ASTORIA OREGON AS WELL AS RECORDS AT TONGUE POINT AND HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL. THESE PHOTOS WERE A BIG PART OF MY CHILDHOOD AS WAS ACTUALLY SEEING THE SHIPS STORED AT TONGUE POINT. MY FATHER WAS STATIONED THERE IN 1941 AND I WS BORN AT ST MARYS HOSPITAL IN ASTORIA.

  5. Vigor Industrial which is on Swan Island, in the same location that different yards have been since the building of the Liberty ships, has multiple dry docks. And in fact has one of the largest drydock in the United States, Vigorous is a 980′ dry dock that Vigor acquired within the last few years. This drydock is capable of holding some very large vessels and even saw a Norwegian Cruise liner being repaired there.

    As for new vessel builds in Portland, there are mostly different style barges, and tug boats being built here in different locations. With a few specialty vessels still being made here. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACTUV

  6. On my question for photos of ships at Tongue Point, I just remembered they were called the MOTH BALL FLEET IF THIS RINGS BELLS WITH ANYONE.

  7. Marianne Cascio-Smith, I have two photos of the Tongue Point mothball fleet taken by my father in 1966. You can see them here:

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