This series contains photographs of steelworkers and equipment detailing the steel casting process used for making large steel components for Liberty Ships constructed in Portland (Or.) area shipyards during World War II.
Supplemental descriptive information contributed in 2019 by Chris Horn, Facilities Director for Columbia Steel.
Workers pouring steel from the ladle into molds in the Columbia Steel Casting Company foundry. Pictured to the left of the ladle is Lee Beavers. In the foreground of the picture, D. C. Gore, furnace department foreman, is preparing to put riser compound on the riser top once pouring is complete.
Two employees help guide a large, ship's hull casting as it is removed from the mold by a crane at Columbia Steel Casting Company. Note mold half in background with employee riding on top as it’s moved with a crane.