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

The Fitting-Out Dock

Shipshape and Cargo-Ready

 

1918-1921

 
The Fitting-Out Dock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
1. The Fitting-Out Dock Marker
Inscription. This dock, constructed of reinforced concrete on concrete and wood pilings, was once the last stop for cargo ships under construction at Jones Point's World War I shipyard. Here, ships received final fittings before heading out for service. The dock featured a derrick—a crane-like device—to move construction materials, equipment, instruments and fittings on and off ships. The U.S. Government contracted the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation to build 12 vessels, but only 9 of these were completed.

The ship-shaped lawn on your left is the size of the SS Gunston Hall, the first ship to be built by the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation at Jones Point.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 47.67′ N, 77° 2.368′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Jones Point Drive 0.3 miles east of South Royal Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker at the north end of Jones Point Park along the Potomac River. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Tale of Three Jurisdictions
The Fitting-Out Dock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
2. The Fitting-Out Dock Marker
(about 600 feet away); World War I-Era Rudder (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountains of Materials and Massive Manpower (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Civil War and Battery Rodgers (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Alexandria Ford Plant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guarding the Potomac (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery Rodgers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
The Fitting-Out Dock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
3. The Fitting-Out Dock Marker
SS Gunston Hall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
4. SS Gunston Hall
On the Job for Victory image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 7, 2012
5. On the Job for Victory
The U. S Emergency Fleet Corporation urged shipbuilders to take their work as seriously as soldiers fighting in the trenches. Although the Great War ended before the first ship, the SS Gunston Hall, was completed and launched in May 1919, every ship built here was commissioned into active service.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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