An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. Godfrey L. Smith.
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

An exceptional photo-journal documenting construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

Newport News, Virginia: 1906-1907. Notebook. This 5.5” x 8.5” leather-covered journal contains 89 photographs; eight measure approximately 5.5” x 3.25”; the remainder measure approximately 3.5” square. Six negatives are laid in. Almost all of the photos are dated. Fourteen of the pages contain detailed descriptions of the construction. The photographs show improvements and construction of several shipways and dry-dock sites, pile drivers, trestles, chutes, bulkheads, log storage, the supporting railway system, huge steam shovels, cranes, scaffolding, African-American laborers, shipyard buildings, dry dock construction, etc. The photographs are in nice shape; all are glued to the pages. The journal spine has perished, and the signatures have separated, however all the pages are present as are the front and rear covers. One of Godfrey Smith’s reference books is part of this lot. Very good. Item #009177

In 1886 Colis P. Huntington, a railroad tycoon, began construction of a shipyard at Newport News Point, and five years later, its first ship was launched. By 1897, it had built three ships for the U.S. Navy. After Colis died in 1900, his nephew, Henry, a noted philanthropist and principal benefactor of the Huntington Library, inherited much of his uncle’s fortune including the shipyard. Following the launch of the revolutionary ship, HMS Dreadnought, the U.S. joined the worldwide naval construction spree and six battleships were built at Newport News between 1907 and 1923. This journal documents the shipyard construction boom that made this possible.

Smith, an architectural engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, worked at the shipyard and was involved in this project. He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and published “Two Timber Dry-Docks and their Pumping Plant,” in its journal, Transactions (Vol XIV, 1906).

A unique and thorough visual record of the transition of the Newport News Shipyard from a relatively small facility into one of the largest and most important shipbuilding operations in the world. As of 2018, nothing similar is for sale in the trade, and no auction records of similar materials are found at ABPC or the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows nothing similar held in any institutional collections.

Price: $1,250.00

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