The first of 2,711 Liberty Ships was the SIR PATRICK HENRY, launched on 27 Sept 1941. All together 2,710 were completed as one burned at the dock.
The 250,000 parts were pre-fabricated throughout the country and welded together in c. 70 days. A Liberty cost $2,000,000. A group that raised $2 million in War Bonds could suggest a name for a Liberty Ship.
|"Camera in the Kaiser Shipyard"|
Launching of the first of three Liberty ships within 24 hours.
Night shot taken at the shipyard with flash and yard lights.
7 April 1944.
Photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
|HENRY J. KAISER|
Viewing ship models from his shipyards.
Back stamped 25 September 1946
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
Henry J. Kaiser, West Coast industrialist, looked over his exhibit of ship models as he prepared to testify 23 September before the House Merchant Marine Committee which was probing wartime shipbuilding profits. In defense of his wartime operations, Kaiser contended that he saved the nation nearly $500,000,000 on war contracts and more than two years of precious time in the construction of Liberty ships.
To read more about the dimensions, crew, builders, names of the Liberty Ships without listening to me, please see US Maritime Commission.
Edgar F. Kaiser, native born Washingtonian, who took over the helm of the industrial empire from his founding father, Henry J. Kaiser was the general manager of the three Kaiser shipyards in Portland. He also played major roles in the building of Hoover, Bonneville and Grand Coulee Dams.
Edgar received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his efforts to increase the availability of low and moderate income housing.
The Kaiser Family Foundation purchased the Four Winds Camp in Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, to keep it alive and well after retirement of Director Ruth Brown, who founded the youth camp in 1927.