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Corporate Author California Shipbuilding Corporation.
Title California Shipbuilding Corporation (CALSHIP) collection, 1941-1945.

 Stored Special Collections & Archives  CALSHIP    IN LIBRARY
Description 0.42 linear ft.
Summary The collection is comprised of fifty-one copies of the bi-weekly magazine, CalShip Log, for the period September 1, 1941 to January 11, 1945. Aimed at the employees of CalShip, its purpose was to inform workers of safety rules, policies and procedures and the progress of working for the war effort. The magazine also includes a section on employee leisure activities. Also included in this small collection is a copy of the 1942 issue of CalShip Cavalcade, which pictorially details the transition of swampland into the Terminal Island shipyard; one newspaper clipping on the closing of the shipyard in September 1945 and a Labor Day "Victory" program for 1942.
Note California Shipbuilding Corporation (Calship) was established in February 1941 on Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Calif. to construct cargo ships for use in World War II. 40,000 men and women worked under war contracts to produce 467 vessels in four years. These became known as the "Liberty Fleet." The Liberty ship was designed to be constructed more quickly and with less expense than traditional cargo ships. This was achieved by using pre-fabricated elements and by replacing riveting ship parts with the faster method of welding. After World War II ended, the Maritime Commission and the Navy canceled their contracts with the many shipbuilding companies that had sprung up during the war. The California Shipbuilding Corporation closed on September 1945 after the launching of its last Victory ship. This collection includes 51issues of the bi-weekly magazine, Calship Log, dating from September 1, 1941 to January 11,1945. Its purpose was to inform workers of safety rules, policies and procedures, and the progress of the war effort. Also included is a 1942 issue of Calship Cavalcade which shows the transformation of the Terminal Island shipyard from swampland, a 1942 Labor Day "Victory" program, and one newspaper clipping regarding the closing of the shipyard, dated September 1945.
Local Note Library has 51 issues of Calship Log which was published bi-weekly. Some issues missing. Also includes a 1945 issue of Calship Cavalcade.
Note Gift; Richard Vogler; 1984.
Subject California Shipbuilding Corporation -- Archives.
United States. Maritime Commission.
Liberty (Ship)
Defense contracts -- California.
Victory (Ship)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Manpower -- California -- Los Angeles.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- California -- Los Angeles.
Employees' magazines, newsletters, etc. -- California -- Los Angeles.
Shipbuilding contracts -- California -- Los Angeles.
Ships -- Welding.
Shipyards -- California -- Los Angeles.
Shipbuilding industry -- California -- Los Angeles -- Sources.
World War, 1939-1945 -- California.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilians.
Terminal Island (Calif.)
OCLC number 17410838