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Alexandria, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point

Alexandria Goes to War

 

1918 - 1921

 
The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
1. The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point Marker
Inscription. In response to a shortage of ships and shipbuilding facilities at the start of World War I, the U.S. government decided to enter the shipbuilding business. In 1917, the U.S. Emergency Fleet Corporation was created and eventually oversaw construction of 218 shipyards, including one here on Jones Point. The first piling for the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation's shipyard was driven in February 1918. The massive facility was up and running just 85 days later—a reported world record.

The arrival of thousands of shipyard workers in Alexandria shattered the domestic tranquility of Jones Point. Responding to the acute worker housing shortage, the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation began construction of 100 houses in the nearby suburb of Rosemont during the summer of 1918. Posters such as this one encouraged the new hires to “pull together.”
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 47.587′ N, 77° 2.361′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive 0.3 miles from South Royal Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the shore of the Potomac in Jones Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
2. The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tale of Three Jurisdictions (within shouting distance of this marker); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fitting-Out Dock (about 500 feet away); World War I-Era Rudder (about 600 feet away); Prehistory to Colonial Settlement (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Emerging Nation (approx. 0.2 miles away); World Wars to the Present (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mistress Margaret Brent (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Stick to the Job, Boys! image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
3. Stick to the Job, Boys!
Teamwork Builds Ships image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
4. Teamwork Builds Ships
Bronze Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
5. Bronze Plaque
Every man in the loft,
Although the job may look soft,
Are doing their best,
Along with the rest,
To help build the Gunston Hall.

-- George Simpson, VSC mold loft worker
Worker's Service Medal image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
6. Worker's Service Medal
President Woodrow Wilson drives the first rivet, May 30, 1918 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
7. President Woodrow Wilson drives the first rivet, May 30, 1918
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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