Working on the war effort at Vancouvers Kaiser Shipyard

first_imgFrom Vancouver to war in the Pacific: Local veterans recall service aboard ships built at Kaiser in VancouverDid you know?• The former Kaiser Shipyard is now the site of Columbia Business Park, south of state Highway 14 along the Columbia River. A viewing tower and interpretive panels are at the Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard Memorial at the boat ramp in Marine Park, 4500 S.E. Columbia Way.Peggy Sater was just 16 when she went to work at Vancouver’s Kaiser Shipyard. Harry Hendricks beat her by two years; he was 14.Hendricks worked the graveyard shift at Kaiser, then went to school in the afternoon at McLoughlin Junior High, which had so many students they had to double-shift.Sater and Hendricks were among the tens of thousands of men and women (and the two teens stretched the definition) who worked at the Vancouver shipyard during World War II.The industrial center east of the Interstate Bridge produced 141 vessels of five different types, but the escort carrier was its biggest single product line. Fifty Casablanca-class carriers were built here, making it numerically the biggest class of aircraft carrier in naval history.last_img

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