Ships for Victory: A History of Shipbuilding under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War II by Frederic Chapin LaneShips for Victory: A History of Shipbuilding under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War II by Frederic Chapin Lane

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

byFrederic Chapin LaneAs told byBlanche D. Coll, Gerald J. Fischer

Paperback | August 21, 2001

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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.

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.
Title:Ships for Victory: A History of Shipbuilding under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:944 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.73 inPublished:August 21, 2001Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801867525

ISBN - 13:9780801867521

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Table of Contents


Preface to the 2001 Edition, by Arthur Donovan

Preface to the 1951 Edition

Chapter 1: The Commission and the Shipbuilding Industry

Chapter 2: Emergency Shipbuilding before the Declaration of War

Chapter 3: Design and Initial Procurement for the Liberty Ship

Chapter 4: Contracts with Shipbuilders and Their Supervision

Chapter 5: Expansion and Reorganization after Pearl Harbor

Chapter 6: Excess Capacity and the Cancellation of the Higgins Contract

Chapter 7: Speed and Productivity in Multiple Production

Chapter 8: Building the Labor Forc

eChapter 9: Collective Bargaining

Chapter 10: The Battle for Steel

Chapter 11: Guiding the Flow of Materials

Chapter 12: Increasing the Supplies of Components

Chapter 13:Stabilization and Morale in the Labor Force

Chapter 14: Managing Managements

Chapter 15: Changing Managements

Chapter 16: Cracks in Welded Ships

Chapter 17: The Victory Ship

Chapter 18: Military and Minor Type

sChapter 19: The Contrast between 1943 and 1944

Chapter 20: The Manpower and Managerial Crisis

Chapter 21: Administrative Problems-(A) The Regional Offices

Chapter 22: Administrative Problems-(B) The Flow of Mone

yChapter 23: Administrative Problems-(C) The Commission and the War Shipping Administration

Chapter 24: Adventures in Hindsight

Biographical Note


Editorial Reviews

Tells the story of the gigantic task accomplished by American shipyards during World War II... This important book shows how the development of streamlined methods of construction made possible standards of production which would have seemed fantastic only a few years before.The shipbuilding program of the U. S. Maritime Commission in WW II was one of the greatest industrial efforts in our history—and the most successful. In four years it produced just under 6,000 ships! This book provides the most complete account ever written of that magnificent program and is a wonderful resource for historians, researchers and ship enthusiasts. The original 1951 edition has been almost impossible to obtain and I applaud the Johns Hopkins Press for their decision to reprint this invaluable work.