Ship building derricks and structures. Flag raising ceremony at the U.S. Shipping Board Building in Washington DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1917, August Duration:2 min 24 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Mass of ship building derricks and structures, at waters edge, viewed from boat entering channel. Members of the U.S. Shipping Board and the Emergency Fleet Corporation preparing to implement orders to commandeer all U.S. shipyards and hulls, under construction therein, for the U.S. war effort. Shipping Board Chairman, Edward N. Hurley, is at corner leaning toward the man at head of table (Rear Admiral Washington L. Capps, General Manager of Emergency Fleet Corporation ?), U.S. Shipping Board flag is raised at a shipyard building, where it flutters in wind. A number of Army soldiers present in uniform. Official addresses gathering of shipyard workers and explains the takeover and has them pledge, with hands raised, to work for the success of the war effort. Other officials speak, as well. The shipyard workers wave their hats in sign of approval. Everyone leaves to get back to building ships.
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