America's WWII: We're All In This Together

Defense Plants

Utilities : Shipyard


From 1940 to 1945, the Emergency Shipbuilding Program fabricated nearly 6,000 vessels at 30 major shipyards and nearly 100 smaller yards across the United States. Increased opportunities for work in defense plants, including shipyards, caused large numbers of Americans to migrate from rural to urban areas.

Factoid: Henry J. Kaiser was dubbed "Sir Launchalot" because of his shipyard's ability to produce a massive Liberty ship in less than two weeks.