8 thoughts on “Shipyards, circa 1945

  1. A great resource on shipbuilding in Portland during WW 2 is Oregonhistoryproject.org. Enter shipyards in the search box for great facts such as these. By 1943 65% on new hires were women, and that brought the number of women to 30,000. A woman welder could make $230 per month which would be $3,500 per month today.

  2. Since the caption reads “female”, I’ll take their word for it…
    What struck me about this photo was the abundance of welding
    protection this person is wearing to protect the face, hands, and forearms but
    is wearing very unprotective footwear (white crew socks and moccasins) and has
    their left foot, quite close to the welding flame.

    I wonder if this Liberty Ship is laying on the bottom of the Atlantic somewhere or if it survived the conflict.

  3. My Mom was a welding inspector at the Swan Island shipyard and worked Graveyard shift. She would get home , make breakfast, wake my brother and I up and we would go downstairs, Kiss her goodbye as she walked out the door to go downtown to her regular job at The Bank of California, Monday through Saturday, 6 days week in and never complain about it She was pleased that she had a good job and that work ethic rubbed off on both my brother and I !!

  4. I forgot to add this My Mom was born on this date 11/21/1910 she was born in a farm house close to the Wilson River just a few miles North of Tillamook, Or. 109 years ago today!! Ben and Rose (Wyss)Jacob who had immigrated from Europe around 1890!!!

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