|A Place Called
S.S. Tuckahoe and Woodrow Wilson
|Last revised: 26 Dec 2007|
On April 8, 1918, the shipwrights working in Shipway O of New York Shipbuilding laid the keel of S.S. Tuckahoe, a 331-foot, 5,500-dwt collier ordered by the U.S. Shipping Board. Remarkably, just 27 days later, the S.S. Tuckahoe was ready to slide down those ways and be moved to an outfitting pier. It was fitted out in just ten days, and delivered to the Shipping Board on May 15, 1918.
"In the record of the Tuckahoe, familiar to shipping world as the collier which was delivered in thirty-seven days from the laying of the keel, one senses the enthusiasm, the spirit of team-play and loyalty to the organization that went into her record-breaking speed of construction under imperative war-time demands. Against the doubts of those who could not conceive of good construction at such a speed of construction, S.S. Tuckahoe on the fortieth day following keel-laying, leaped into an unceasing round of grueling day-in and day-out service that itself established records for quick turn-around in coastwise and transatlantic coal transportation."
--New York Shipbuilding Corporation: A Record of Ships Built (1921)
|THE WHITE HOUSE
3 May, 1918
To the Workmen and Executive Staff
My dear Friends,
I want to congratulate you on the
States Shipping Board
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