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Star of Oregon Liberty Ship

Star of Oregon Liberty Ship

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01/31/2013

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OCT.
9,
1941
OREGONSHIPBUILDINGCQRPORATION
Vol.
1,
No.7
 
Baptism
':oFl.yard!
 
OREGONSlnPBUILDINGCORPORATION
Two
Launchings
Scheduled
for
October
25,000SEE
'STA
OF
OREGON'LAUNCHED
T h ~ i l I
FollowsThrill
but
W o ~ k
Must
Go
On
K
EPING
its
dat
with
destiny,
the
giantgray-black
"STAROFOREGON",
affec-
tionatelyknown
tothe
shipbuilders
who
worke
on
her
a
HULL
171,
emerged
from
its
nest
of
steel
Saturday,
September
27,
and
slid
downSlipway
7
to
a
plit
second
schedule.
More
than
25,000
workmen
and
spectators
cheered,swallowed
hardand
becamemisty-
yed
and
sentimentalas
the
last
tie
with
her
building
berth
was
severed,
andthe
bigship,rapidlygaining
momentum,
slid
smoothly
for-
ward,
leavinga
great
void
against
the
sky.
Earlier,
the
voice
of
the
nation'sChief
Executive
went
forth
upon
the
waters
inaugur
atingLibertyFleetDay,
whichprogressively
dispatched
14newvessels
into
rivers
and
harbors
thecountry
over
in
the
greatest
mass
launching
since
the
World
War
No.
1.
The
day's
launchings
began
at
6:00
A.M.,
easternstandard
time.
In
our
own
yard,
followingimpressiveceremonies,
the
"STAR
OFOREGON"
received
her
aptism
forward
at
3:28:09
P ~ c i f i c
Coast
time.
From
St,rt
To
Finish,
Then
B,ck
Ag,in,
It's
One
C ~ n t i n u o u s
Round
Alaunching,
however
manymayhave
pre-cededit,
never
becomesacommonplace.
It
is
an
event,though
in
October
with
two
launch
ingsscheduled,
and
more
to
followin
even
faster
tempo,launching
may
becomea
habit.
In
a
busyshipyard
like
the
Oregon
ShipbuildingCorporation's,
the
launching
of
one
vessel
must
be
followed
immediately
bythe
laying
of
the
keelfor
another.
Aft
ravessel
hasbeen
launched,
the
berth
is
to
b
occupied
by
a
new
ship.
The
first
operation,
therefore,
is
to
sort
outthe
building
blocksleftina
rough
andtumble
state
from
the
lastpreviouslaunch
ing
andto
place
them
ina
positionready
for
the
receiving
of
the
new
ship's
keel
plates.Ships
are
always
builton
a
declivity
tothe
berth,
generally
nine-sixteenths
ofan
inch
to
the
foot.
But
it
is
necessary
first
to
arrange
that
the
tops
of
all
the
building
blocks
from
the
forward
end
of
the
vessel
totheaft
end
shall
be
at
this
declivity,
i.e.,
that
the
line
of
thetop
of
the
caps
shallslope
to
the
horizontal
at
a
rate
of
nine-sixteenths
ofan
inch
tothe
foot.
Whenthe
blocks
have
been
leveled,
as
it
iscalled,in
this
way,
the
first
of
the
flatkeel
plateunits
is
taken
and
put
downon
the
blocks,
the
plates
first
havingbeenfabricated
in
thePlate
shop.
Hulls
170,
172,173
Next
Through
the
gray
dawnanother
hull
100
s,
andyet
another.
Two
willslide
into
the
Willamettethis
mOllth.
We're
going
ahead,
fullspeed!
High.
Spirit
,nd
Pride
Fills
Every
He,"
Many
are
the
expressions
of
pride
and
en-
thusiasmbeing
receivedfrom
the
men
who
are
performing
the
laboron
our
ships.
This
one,well
written,
expresses,
as
Frank
Johnson
re-
marked,
a
thought
that
wasin
many
a
heart
Friday
morning,
theday
before
Hull
171
went
down
the
ways.
It
is
from
Charles
Ernst:
IConlloued
Oil
Pell_
4).
Portland's
first"
Liberty
Ship."the
Star
of
OreiJon.
launched
by
OreAon
ShipbuildinA
Corporation.
Joseph
K.
C
rson,Jr.,
is
shown
peakinA.Governor
Chari
A.
SpraAu
and
M
yor
Earl
Riley
lIT
behind
him;
executive
of
company
nd
maritime
c o m m i ~
ion
at
riAht.

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