Item 375A0451 - Melva Lillian Cole and group at ship-launching ceremony, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

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


  • 1943-01-08 (Creation)


Photograph; safety film; 3.125 x 4.125 in

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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.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 375; 375A0451

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