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Catalog Number WF 1905
Caption North Pacific Shipbuilding Corporation
Description This view is of four troop transport-type boats built for the military by North Pacific Shipbuilding Corporation, located at 6th and I Avenue in the old Apex Cannery. These smaller boats are similar in size and shape to those show in WF 1901-4, but they differ in several ways. These vessels have an enclosed passenger compartment and a cabin for the ship's captain on the bow of the boat. This is an excellent view of Guemes Island's south shore, including the ferry dock. WF 1897-1905 is a series of images that were all in one negative sleeve dated 4/12/1943 and were probably taken by Brady for North Pacific so they could document their work for the government. It shows the length of the boat-building shed. Apex Cannery began at this site c. 1901 and closed in the mid-1930s. The 6-4-1942 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Shipyard here." "Martinsen Shipyard Company of Seattle to commence work immediately on building of ways ... on waterfront." "Shipyard to locate between G to J avenues at end of 6th Street. Shipyard will build mine sweeper and Navy auxiliary types of vessels. Martinsen Shipyard Company of Seattle will erect a large and complete shipyard. Machinery to be moved here around June 16. 1060 feet of frontage property have been taken over by the company. The main building measures 460 feet long and 150 feet wide, giving the yard building 69,000 square feet. Railroad facilities and water frontage will be an exceptional advantage to shipbuilding. Naval architects Harold Lee and associates of Seattle are preparing plans for the remodeling and fitting of the docks suitable for the construction of ships up to 300 feet in length. The 6-11-1942 issue continued, "The old Apex cannery building at the foot of J Avenue, which has not been used for a number of years, will be remodeled, it is reported, and will form the main building and offices of the company." Less that a year later, the 3-4-1943 paper reported, "Hawthorne buys the Martinsen shipyards. New supervision. Plans include machine shop and facilities for fishing boat repairs... North Pacific Shipbuilding Corp. began work Monday morning, March 1 ...Twenty half-finished 40-foot navy type motor launches for the Army Transport Service are being completed, and contracts for more ships will supersede these ... It is planned to make Anacortes the future headquarters for fishermen's needs ... Two shifts will be employed almost immediately, and in the very near future three shifts, which will call for about 500 workers." The 3-11-1943 paper reported, "North Pacific Shipbuilding Corp. to launch ships Sat., March 20th. Army and Navy officers will be present." The 4-8-1943 issue reported, "Shipyard ups production rate. The North Pacific Shipbuilding Corp. is keeping at the top with production, launching a boat every day or two .. The framing crew ... has broken all records of the West Coast shipyards by framing a boat of this size and type. Heretofore five days was considered excellent time, but due to the skilled leadership, ingenious efforts and indomitable spirit of this crew, they have cut the time down to two and a half days from keel laying until the planking crew takes over." The workers used the assembly line system, which probably accounts for the speed of their production.
Date 1943, April 12.
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place -Anacortes, WA
Industry - Boat Building
Maritime - Boat
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Martinsen Shipyard Company
Apex Fish Company
North Pacific Shipbuilding Corporation
Motor launches
Object Name Negative