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George Rodgers, president of Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing George Rodgers, president of Albina Engine & Machine Works, standing outdoors near a crane in the shipyard. He is wearing suit and a hat, facing to the left, and looking at something outside the frame. The number 141 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Roger & Huson / 11/12/42” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Albina Engine & Machine Works vice president L. R. Hussa at desk

Photograph showing L. R. Hussa, vice president of Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland, sitting at a desk and looking to the left. He is holding a pen over a document lying in front of him. The number 140 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unconfirmed note “Albina shipbuilding / Roger & Huson / 11/12/42” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Vincent, Ralph (Photographer)

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 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.

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.

George Buckle addressing workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph, taken from behind, showing George Buckle speaking to assembled workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on Wednesday, July 26, 1944. Members of the Albina Hellcats band are sitting behind him. They are in a second-story room open to the outdoors on one side, and the crowd is gathered below. A cropped version of this photograph was published in on Page 1, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 30, 1944. It had the following caption: “TO TACKLE THE PROBLEMS that war workers in the area face, the Working-Stiffs’ Forum is inaugurated at Albina. George Buckle, rigging superintendent, outlines the plan whereby shipbuilders at lunch hour meetings can discuss working and living problems in the area, and methods of improvement. In the foreground is the Hellcats band.” The photograph accompanied a story by Jean Muir headlined “Albina Workers Establish Forum.” Muir reported that the forum would meet three times a week at the lunch hour, with one meeting to focus on shipyard issues and the other two on general problems. Muir wrote: “Everything vital to the business of living during the war or in the postwar world will be open for discussion — from suggested improvements in working conditions to better food for the children and plans for worker security when the war is over.” See related image Nos. 375A0564 and 375A0565.

Four unidentified people at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing four people, two women and two men, standing in a row outdoors at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. All four are looking at a document that the man at left is holding. The woman at right is wearing a button with the word “VISITOR” on it. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

George Buckle addressing workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing rigging superintendent George Buckle speaking to assembled workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on Wednesday, July 26, 1944. Members of the Albina Hellcats band are sitting behind him. They are in a second-story room open to the outdoors on one side, and the crowd is gathered below. Buckle was outlining a plan for shipyard meetings, called the Working-Stiffs’ Forum, to discuss problems faced by employees. A story about the meetings, headlined “Albina Workers Establish Forum,” was published on Page 1, Section 2 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 30, 1944. The story, by Jean Muir, reported that the forum would meet three times a week at the lunch hour, with one meeting to focus on shipyard issues and the other two on general problems. Muir wrote: “Everything vital to the business of living during the war or in the postwar world will be open for discussion — from suggested improvements in working conditions to better food for the children and plans for worker security when the war is over.” See related image Nos. 375A0560 and 375A0565.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all women, posing in three rows next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The text “22X” 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 / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0568, 375A0569, 375A0570, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all women, posing next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. At left are stacks of wrapped Christmas gifts and a decorated tree. The text “21X” 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 / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0569, 375A0570, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all women, posing next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The employees are facing front, and most are smiling. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The text “23X” 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 / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0568, 375A0570, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of eight women and two men posing next to a table stacked with Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The text “25X” 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 / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0568, 375A0569, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all men, posing next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The employees are facing front, and most are smiling. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The man at far left is wearing a button with the words “CLEANUP LEADER” on it. The text “20X” 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 / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0568, 375A0569, 375A0570, and 375A0572.

Two employees having coffee or tea, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified employees sitting at a table at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are smiling and facing front. The woman at left is holding a pot of coffee or tea, and the woman at right is holding a mug. The text “11X” 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 / Sub chaser / 11/25/44.”

Unidentified official speaking at keel laying for Dutch cargo ship, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified official speaking during the keel laying for a cargo ship at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on March 16, 1945. According to two stories in the Oregon Journal on March 16, the cargo ship was to be the first of 20 that the Netherlands had ordered from the Albina shipyard for use in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. In this photograph, the official is standing at a microphone. He is standing with others on a bunting-draped platform. Workers are watching from a pier or other elevated wooden structure in the background. Image note: The text “Albina shipbuilding / Keel laying / Dutch ship / 3/16/45” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0598, 375A0599, 375A0601, 375A0602, 375A0603, 375A0604, 375A0605, 375A0606, and 375A0607.

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