Ships for Victory: A History of Shipbuilding Under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War II

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JHU Press, Aug 21, 2001 - History - 881 pages
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During World War II, America's shipbuilding industry, mobilized under the U.S. Maritime Commission, set records of production that have never been equaled. Given the daunting task of building ships faster than they were being sunk, shipbuilding firms across the country found new ways to increase their efficiency and scale of production. Huge new shipyards were built, a labor force of 640,000 was employed, and over 55 million deadweight tons of ocean-going ships were delivered, including the famous Liberty and Victory ships. First published in 1951, Ships for Victory chronicles this remarkable wartime program in magisterial detail: the development of revolutionary construction methods; the upheavals in management, awarding of contracts, and allocation of steel and other materials; the recruitment, training, housing, and union activities of the workers; the crises, confusions, and scandals that arose; and the role of shipbuilding within the total war effort.

  

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Contents

THE COMMISSION AND THE SHIPBUILDING
1
EMERGENCY SHIPBUILDING BEFORE THE
40
DESIGN AND INITIAL PROCUREMENT FOR
72
CONTRACTS WITH SHIPBUILDERS AND THEIR
101
EXPANSION AND REORGANIZATION AFTER
138
THE HIGGINS CONTRACT
173
SPEED AND PRODUCTIVITY IN MULTIPLE PRO
202
BUILDING THE LABOR FORCE
236
MILITARY AND MINOR TYPES
608
THE CONTRAST BETWEEN 1943 AND 1944
637
THE MANPOWER AND MANAGERIAL CRISIS
654
AL OFFICES
689
B THE FLOW
712
C THE COMMIS
742
Expansion of Personnel
750
ADVENTURES IN HINDSIGHT
798

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
268
CHAPTER 10 THE BATTLE FOR STEEL
311
GUIDING THE FLOW OF MATERIALS
353
INCREASING THE SUPPLIES OF COMPONENTS
396
FORCE
411
MANAGING MANAGEMENTS
456
CHANGING MANAGEMENTS
493
CRACKS IN WELDED SHIPS
544
THE VICTORY SHIP
574
TABLE PACE 17 Results of Renegotiation to March 31 1947
802
Profits Before Taxes on Various Enterprises
806
Profits on Selective Price Contracts
817
20 Average Costs of Selected Types
819
Total Cost of Maritime Commission Shipbuilding
822
Cost of Liberty Ships
826
Production Employment Manhours and Productivity 1941
828
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
834
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Frederic C. Lane (1900-1984) was a noted maritime historian of medieval and Renaissance Venice. Among his many books are Venetian Ships and Shipbuilders of the Renaissance and Venice, A Maritime Republic, both available from Johns Hopkins. Arthur Donovan is a professor of humanities at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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