Battleship Is Made By Everyone In Yard
This week's issue of the Beacon depicts the stages in the construction of a battleship, from the time that the Commandant discusses the project with the Secretary of the Navy and receives the first official word of it, through the keel-laying, launching, commissioning. and "shake-down," until the mighty warship takes its place in the battle line.
The Philadelphia Navy Yard is the largest in the country, and perhaps, in the world. In the past, it has built many mighty battleships. It is building battleships now, and will continue to build battleships in the future, so long as America's enemies threaten and America's shores need defending.
The work of building a battleship is almost incredibly complex. It is not the work of one man, nor one group of men. It is a job which requires the earnest work and full-hearted effort of every man and woman in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
This series of photographs takes us through the various stages. It tries to show that the work of many hearts and brains and minds, the sweat and toil and application of thousands of men and women is required before the mighty warship is completed.
The welders and the riveters, machinists and the electricians, blacksmiths, painters and riggers, do work on a battleship which all can see. But behind them are the planners and the draftsmen, the chemist and the loftsman, the folks in the Supply Department who procure the equipment, the people in the Accounting Department who check and pay the bills and salaries, the folks who carry messages or run a typewriter or an adding machine, or do the thousand and one jobs, each of which is indispensable in the successful completion of the task.
In a very real sense, each person in the Yard is dependent on every other. If one of us misses a day's work, there are eight or nine or ten hours lost. But it doesn't end there. One or ten or a dozen, or perhaps, one hundred men, may be waiting on their job because your job is not completed.
No job is unimportant. The Navy doesn't get people to come in to work unless their job is needed and their production required. It is the individual responsibility of every one of us not to let the Navy down.
In "P. N. Y. Builds a Battleship," we have tried to include most of the departments and shops in the Yard to show how one is dependent upon the other. We have shown at least one view of the work of most of the shops, departments, offices and occupations in the Yard.
If this presentation helps you to realize the importance of your own individual job and makes you realize that your absence or delay, or any thing less than one hundred per cent production all of the time, is not only an injustice to yourself but to all of the Yard, then this series shall have accomplished it's purpose.