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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).