The Hog Island Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA, 1918.
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View down the ship line. The nearest ship is the most complete, stretching down about 20 or thirty ships.

Credit: Courtesy of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia.

During World War I, industrial laborers working on government contracts made good wages and enjoyed unprecedented federal protections. No operation better demonstrated America's industrial might than Philadelphia's Hog Island Shipyard. Thrown up almost overnight on salt marches along the Delaware River below South Philadelphia, Hog Island in 1918 was the world's largest shipyard. There, the American International Shipbuilding's 50 slipways launched 180 steel steamers between August and November, 1918. When the war ended, the shipyard laid off most of its workers, leaving thousands unemployed.

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