Liberty Ships that carry war materiel like guns,tanks and planes, in the Marine Shipyard in Sausalito, California, across bay from Richmond California shipyards. View of Vice Admiral Emory Scott Land (retired), speaking about the need for ships, and more ships, for the war effort. Among Liberty ships shown are Billy Mitchell, George Chamberlain, Waslater, Cermak and Charles Summer. Ships with bow numbers 434, 432, and others lined up under construction. View of Senate bill 3500, Merchant Marine Act of 1936 authorizing merchant ship building to support commerce and National Defense. Marine architects and engineers work with blueprints and models to optimize design for fleet of merchantmen that would eventually be called "Liberty Ships." National Posters seen. One shows burly shipyard worker with sledge hammer and reads: "Swing it Brother." Another shows convoy of ships at sea and reads: "You Build ''em. We'll sail 'em." Construction begins. Timbers, plates, anchors , engines, steel blades, and other of the hundred thousand items needed build a ship. Crowds of Shipyard workers leaving after a work shift. A sign on building reads,'It can and will be done', and another, under which workers walk advertises war bonds . Shaping metal with gas torches. Fabricating ribs of steel. Spray painting. A woman welder named Mary Smith, welding with torch. Cutting steel using patterns and torches. Fabricating bulkheads. Riveting. Derricks lift heavy assemblies.
Houseboats along water front in Sausalito. View of the San Francisco Bay. View of the houses and buildings in Sausalito. Boats at dock. People enter a house boat in Sausalito.
A submarine in Sausalito, California. A man gets inside the submarine. Sailors release the submarine in water from a ship to bring sunken silver from the San Francisco bay. The submarine comes floating to the shore. Men help the man in the submarine to come out of it. The man with an oxygen mask stands near the submarine.
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.
Building a Liberty Ship in California shipyards (Sausalito or Richmond) during World War II. Raising an 8-ton steel mast from which a ship's boom will extend for loading operations. The gantry crane operator seen in control cabin. A house of steel is built to sit on the deck of an attack transport ship. It is lifted with the help of crane and put into the ship. Several cranes are used to move a 100 ton, 4000 horsepower diesel engine into place in the ship's hold.
Howard Hughes takes lunch at a restaurant in Chicago on May 14, 1936. Other people sitting and standing behind him. View of propeller on his Northrop Gamma 2G airplane being started. Hughes has his goggles on his head and takes off toward California. View of Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes steps out of plane in Los Angeles after 8 hours flight. In next scene, aviator Amy Johnson, CBE, wife of Jim Mollison, emerges from her Percival Gull Sixplane. G-ADZO, in Capetown, South Africa on May 7, 1936 after a record-setting four day and sixteen hours flight from London. A large crowd waits to see her. People greet her with flowers. Johnson is seen among the large crowd and smiling and waving to the crowd. Scenes in clip are from a 1961 newsreel recounting events roughly 25 years prior.