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Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park, Richmond Shipyard No. 3, Point Potrero, Richmond, Contra Costa County, CA



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Location
Point Potrero, Richmond, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-326-M
Building/structure dates: 1942 initial construction
Significance: Henry J. Kaiser's enterprise built and operated four shipyards at Richmond, California, for the U.S. Maritime Commission during World War II. Richmond Shipyard No. 3 is significant as the only one of the four Richmond shipyards that survives. The shipyard embodies the amazing accomplishment of American industries and American Home-Front workers in producing the ships and other materiel necessary for the military forces of the United States and its allies to defeat the Axis powers during World War II. Richmond Shipyard No. 3 has significant associations with the U.S. Maritime Commission, which oversaw the nationwide program to build emergency shipyards and then to equip and staff those shipyards so that record numbers of Liberty ships and other merchant vessels could be built in support of the war effort; with Henry J. Kaiser, one of the most remarkable of America's wartime industrialists for the extent of production by his enterprises; and with the important roles that wartime industries in the U.S. played in shaping the course of American society after the war, such as the opening of industrial work places to women and people of color.

Subjects
Shipyards


Related Names
US Maritime Commission
Kaiser, Henry J.
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Land, Adm. Emory S.
Vickery, Howard LeRoy
W A Bechtel
Quivik, Fredric L., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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