National Geographic : 1943 Mar
o W.A.Bechtel Co. Where 32 Sausalito Homes Stood a Year Ago, Liberty Ships and Tankers Now Are Building A triumph of construction, Marinship has one of the fastest-moving ship assembly lines in the country. Keels were laid while theyard was stillinconstruction. Prefabricated sections, such as bulkheads, ship sides, splinter shields for guns, and even two afterpeaks or stern sections, arepiled before theshipways. Marinship, newest yard on the Bay, had difficulty finding skilled workers. It recruited men from nonessential jobs and trained them. Artists, attorneys, optometrists, and hair dressers have become welders, shipfitters, and riggers. Classes in acetylene burning are half women, in welding three-fourths, butshipfitting still belongs tomen.