Overview from a height of the sprawling Kaiser shipyard in Richmond, California, during World War 2. Cranes moving and workers in hard hats at work. Derricks at the waterfront and large hangar-like structures. Sections of ships' superstructures being assembled in open areas of the yard. Several large cylindrical fuel tanks. Several Victory ships tied up at a pier, being outfitted. One is the "Boulder Victory" which was built by the Permanente Metals Corporation, in Yard 1, and launched on August 31, 1944. It was commissioned October 12, 1944 as the USS Boulder Victory (AK-227).
Launching of the last Liberty ship in Richmond, California. 'Benjamin Warner' written on a Liberty ship in the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards. A miniature model of the Statue of Liberty is unveiled in the presence of Henry Kaiser. People cheer as the ship is launched.
Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California. Large group of men and women workers coming out of the building. Workers work with large cranes. Group of women wearing welding helmets weld on machinery.
The Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California. 'Kaiser Co Inc' written on a building. Workers come out of shipyard premises after a day's work. Huge crowd of men and women workers enter th shipyard for work.
The Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California. Portion of prefabricated deck house being moved onto hydraulic lifts. Trailer being moved under deck house. The deck house being lifted with the help of a crane. Worker gives hand signals. The prefabricated deck house being placed on ship hull. Group of workers work on bottom of the hull.
A new ship, named "Bold Creek" is ready for a launch out of Sausalito California shipyards (or Richmond California). A ceremony takes place. A formation of crew members welcome guests by saluting them. The guests climb a platform and Christen the ship which slides down the ways into the water. Work commences immediately on another ship in the same place. Another ship is launched (number 22 on its bow). The yard launches 5 ships per day for two years. A ship is moved by a boat called a "sea mule." into a line of ships being outfitted. After being outfitted with everything for operation and living, a Liberty ship departs on its maiden voyage.