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Worker Wednesday: Delta Shipbuilding Co.

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Image Courtesy of Earl and Elaine Buras, 1999.060.007

Seventy years ago today, on March 28, 1942, Delta Shipbuilding Co. in New Orleans launched its first Liberty ship, the SS William C.C. Claiborne, named after the first governor of Louisiana. Delta was one of the nine emergency shipyards established in 1941 by the United States Maritime Commission. Delta would launch a total of 187 Liberty ships (out of 2,710 produced overall) during the war.  The average time it took to build one of these massive ships was two months.

This post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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One Response to “Worker Wednesday: Delta Shipbuilding Co.”

Pamela M. Clement says:

My father, Phillip Matranga, welded the A-plate on the W. C.C. Claiborne at Delta Shipyard. Later, he sailed ships for Delta as a Marine Engineer. He sailed the Cecile N. Bean, which was named after the first Merchant Marine Inspector in Louisiana.

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