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Worker pointing to galvanized metal plate at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified man crouching next to a galvanized metal plate bearing two sets of circular marks from shrinking equipment on it. The man is pointing to the set of marks on the left, which is smaller and lighter than the set on the right. The number 120 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Shrinking process / 11/24/42.”

Workers looking at diagrams, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are leaning on a table and looking at diagrams spread in front of them. Tools are hanging in the background. The number 81 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Welding / 10/20/42” is written on the negative sleeve.

Worker welding at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified person welding a piece of a triangular metal frame at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. Several other people, also wearing welding masks, are gathered nearby, watching. The number 82 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Welding / 10/24/42.” See related image No. 375A0411.

Ship launching at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing a group of people at a ceremony to launch PC-867, a submarine chaser known as the Hell Hound, at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland on December 3, 1942. They are standing in front of the ship. At center, Lillian Pearson, the sister of Albina Engine president George Rodgers, is holding a bottle and preparing to christen the ship. Rodgers is immediately to the right of Pearson. To the left of Pearson, holding a bouquet, is Mae Magill, a niece of Rodgers. The other people in the photograph are unidentified. A story about the launching ceremony, headlined “’Hellship’ Launched; Another Keel Laid,” was published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal’s final edition on December 3, 1942. Image note: The number 76 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 12/3/42” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0413, 375A0414, and 375A0656.

Workers holding cord or cable during graveyard shift at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. At left is a smiling man facing front and holding a length or cord or cable. At right is a smiling woman facing left and taking the cord or cable from him. Behind them are shelves holding plugs, fuses, and other equipment; above are more rolls of cables and cords hanging from the ceiling. The number 157 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Workers on graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Three-quarters portrait of five unidentified male workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are in two rows, facing front. The two men in back are sitting on a wooden frame or scaffold. The man at front left is wearing a welding mask and holding a pair of gloves. The number 163 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Workers on graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing 10 unidentified workers, all men, posing with machinery at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are standing behind the equipment and looking toward the front. The number 155 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.” Image note: Light leaks on negative.

Worker marking a board during graveyard shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Full-length portrait of an unidentified worker at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The worker is facing right and looking toward the front. He is leaning over a stack of boards and marking the end of one. A saw is lying next to him on the stack. The number 160 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Graveyard crew / 10/15/42.”

Melva Lillian Cole and four unidentified women at Albina Engine & Machine Works

Photograph showing five women standing in a row in front of a crane at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. At center is Melva Lillian Cole of Fargo, North Dakota; the other four women are unidentified. The photograph was taken on January 8, 1943, when Cole christened PC 816, a submarine chaser known as the Hell Hornet, during a ship-launching ceremony at the Albina Engine shipyard. The Oregon Journal published a story about the launching and a related photograph, image No. 375A0441, on Page 10 of its final edition on January 9, 1943. The story, headlined “Wife of Hero Launches Subchaser,” reported that Cole was the widow of a U. S. Navy serviceman, Wilson Burnett Cole, who had been killed in an attack by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. Image note: The number 27 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole at ship-launching ceremony, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing Melva Lillian Cole standing in front of a ship during a launching ceremony at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on Friday, January 8, 1943. Cole christened the ship, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet. She is smiling and is holding a bouquet and a bottle wrapped in ribbon. The Oregon Journal published a story about the launching and a related photograph, image No. 375A0441, on Page 10 of its final edition on January 9, 1943. The story, headlined “Wife of Hero Launches Subchaser,” reported that Cole was the widow of a U. S. Navy serviceman, Wilson Burnett Cole, who had been killed in an attack by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. Image note: The number 24 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole with two unidentified women after her arrival in Portland

Half-length portrait of Melva Lillian Cole (center) with two unidentified women on December 30, 1942, after she arrived in Portland from Fargo, North Dakota. Cole had been invited to the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland to christen PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, had been killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. The Oregon Journal published a front-page story about Cole’s arrival on the front page of its December 30 final edition. The story, headlined “City Greets Widow of Sub Hero, Who Is Thrilled Over Launching,” reported that Cole was greeted by “Mrs. E. E. Trahan and Mrs. Ruth Ott of the Navy Mothers and Mrs. P. S. Kaadt and Mrs. Mary Prentice of the Portland Federation of Women’s Clubs.” She was also greeted by Navy servicemen K. A. Johnson and W. N. Edwards; see related image No. 375A0446. Image note: The number 40 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole and group at ship-launching ceremony, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing four people standing in a row in front of a ship during a launching ceremony at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. At left is George Rodgers, president of Albina Engine; second from left is Melva Lillian Cole, who christened the ship, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet; and at far right is U. S. Navy Commander Leland D. Whitford, supervisor of naval shipbuilding in the Portland area. The second man from right is unidentified. The Oregon Journal published a story about the launching and a related photograph, image No. 375A0441, on Page 10 of its final edition on January 9, 1943. The story, headlined “Wife of Hero Launches Subchaser,” reported that Cole was the widow of a U. S. Navy serviceman, Wilson Burnett Cole, who had been killed in an attack by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. Image note: The number 31 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, and 375A0450.

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, six unidentified men, are at a bowling alley, posing in two rows next to a rack of bowling balls. They are wearing matching collared shirts. Each man’s first name is embroidered on his shirt. The men in the front row are Jim, Ray, George, and Ernie. The man at back left is also Jim; the name on the sixth man’s shirt is not visible. The text “V8” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works women’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified women, are in an office, posing in a row. The two women at each end are sitting on a desk, and the other three are standing between them. They are wearing matching short-sleeved button-up shirts. The text “V2” is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified men, are posing in two rows next to a rack of bowling balls. All but the second man from left are wearing matching shirts with a name embroidered on the pocket. The name “Jack” is visible on the shirt of the man at center, and the name “Blackie” is visible on the shirt of the man at right. The other names are partially obscured. The text “V5” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified men, are posing between a table and a bulletin board labeled “The Albina Paddock.” The four men in front are wearing matching collared shirts. The text “V10” is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Swing-shift workers on stage at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing a group of people on a stage. At front is a man standing at a microphone. The rest of the group is standing behind him; in the background at left is a man sitting at a piano. The number 22 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0462, 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0470, 375A0471, 375A0472, 375A0473, and 375A0474.

Swing-shift worker performing at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified man on a stage. He appears to be singing or speaking. A second unidentified man is sitting at a piano behind him. The number 16 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0462, 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0466, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0470, 375A0471, 375A0473, and 375A0474.

Welder Jeannine Christensen holding blowtorch, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing Jeannine Christensen, a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is standing at a slatted work table and looking down at two pieces of metal on the table. She is holding the bottom of her raised welder’s mask with one hand and is holding a lit blowtorch in the other. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen, welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works, walking with unidentified woman

Photograph, taken from the front, showing two women walking down a sidewalk and smiling at one another. The woman at left, carrying a welder’s mask, is Jeannine Christensen, a welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. The woman at right is unidentified. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen, welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works, looking in mirror

Photograph showing Jeannine Christensen, a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is facing left, standing in front of a mirror, and looking at her reflection. She is wearing a blouse and skirt and is pulling down on the hem of the blouse. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen? talking with unidentified man at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two workers, a man and a woman, talking outdoors at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The woman is sitting on a wooden scaffold above the man and is holding a sandwich in one hand. The man is leaning against the scaffold and facing her. Both are smiling. The workers are unidentified, but the woman may be Jeannine Christensen, a welder at Albina Engine. The text “Albina shipbuilding / 9/3/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Workers on swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait of a group of unidentified employees posing in three rows in a work area at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The text “31X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.”

Employees in office during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait of five unidentified people, four men and a woman, posing in an office at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. The text “43X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.”

Worker writing in receipt book during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker sitting at a desk and writing in a receipt book. She is facing toward the right and looking down at the book. The text “36X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The note “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44” is written on the negative sleeve. The employee is wearing an Albina Engine & Machine Works identification badge, but the shift and date are unconfirmed.

Worker with truck-mounted crane during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker with a truck-mounted crane at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The worker is standing next to a crate hanging from the crane. He has one hand on the crate and the other on his hip. Other Albina workers are visible in the background. The text “28X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0553 and 375A0556.

Worker with truck-mounted crane during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker with a truck-mounted crane at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The worker is standing next to a crate hanging from the crane. He is facing right, looking toward the front, and resting one hand on the crate. Inside the crate are barrels labeled “National Carbide.” The text “27X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0553 and 375A0555.

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