The California Shipbuilding Corporation
(CalShip), established in February 1941 on Terminal Island, became one of the focal
points in Los Angeles' war effort. At CalShip, forty thousand men and women worked
under war contracts to produce 467 vessels in four years. Known as the "Liberty
Fleet," these cargo ships were designed to be constructed faster and less
expensively than traditional cargo ships. The CalShip shipyard closed in September 1945
after the launching of its last Victory ship, "four years to the minute after the
first slid into the water." The collection is comprised of fifty-one copies of the
CalShip Log, for the period September
1, 1941 to January 11, 1945.
The California Shipbuilding Corporation (CalShip), established in February 1941 on
Terminal Island, became one of the focal points in Los Angeles' war effort. With
the United States' entry into World War II, shipbuilding turned from a small
industry into an industrial giant up and down the West Coast. Large Navy contracts
brought port expansion and shipbuilding to California, and shipyards sprang up from San
Francisco to San Diego. Under contracts from the U.S. Department of Maritime Commission
and a number of U.S. Navy contracts, Los Angeles engaged in a thriving shipbuilding
business in the early 1940s. Workers from every region of the United States migrated to
the area for work in the shipyards and the docks of California. As a result, at the peak
of shipbuilding in California, the industry employed over 282,000 people. Shipbuilding
became a highly efficient wartime industry in California, employing laborers dedicated
to quality and expediency in their work. The building of ships and the number of jobs in
the industry peaked in mid-1943 and held together well until the end of the war.
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