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Hog Island Shipyard shattered shipbuilding world records when five 7800-ton cargo vessels were launched in 48 minutes. The steamer Lurpalile is about to slide into the Delaware River in Philadelphia., May 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.201

Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Five Steel Vessels Launched in 48 Minutes! The Hog Island Shipyard shattered all shipbuilding world records when five 7800-ton steel cargo vessels were launched in 48 minutes. This is a general view of the launching, with the steamer “Lurpalile” about to slide into the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Hog Islanders is the slang for ships built to Emergency Fleet Corporation designs number 1022 and 1024. These vessels were cargo and troop transport ships, respectively, built under government direction and subsidy to address a shortage of ships in the United States Merchant Marine during World War I. American International Shipbuilding, subsidized by the United States Shipping Board, built an emergency shipyard on Hog Island just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the site of the present-day Philadelphia International Airport.

Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.

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