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December 1, 1943
PUBLISHED FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE NORTH CAROLINA SHIPBUILDING COMPANY
Vol 2, No. 4
YARD GIYES $53,603 TO COMMUNITY CHEST
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COMMUNITY WAR CHEST CAMPAIGN LEADERS The success of the annual Chest campaign here depended greatly on
the interest and efforts of the solicitors in the various departments and they did a fine job in obtaining a total of $53,603.56
despite the fact employment was not as high this year as during the drive in 1942. Shown here are practically all tie de
partmental leaders. They are, left to right, front row, Mrs. Marguerite Mann, Tool Room; Mrs. Marjorie Cooper, Employ
ment; Miss Eugeniar Craft, Timekeepers;" Mrs. W. B. Boles, Administrative; Miss Alice Pendleton, Auditing and Bookkeeping;
Miss Vergie Beale, Welfare; Miss' Mary McCrary, Bond; Miss Mary Day; Miss Rebekah Rowe, Comptrollers Staff; Mrs. Isobel
Woodbury, Tool Room; Mrs. M. H. Bell, Hull Outfitting; Mrs. Frances Weaver, Hull Construction; Miss Mary Lamb, Defer
ment; Mrs. Dorothy W. Cunningham, Safety.
Second row, Mrs. Aileen Pruett, Tool Room; E. .L. Bohonnon, Erectors; E. F. Hathis, Jr., Boiler and Blacksmith; J. G.
McKeithan, Steel Storage; Lawrence Everett, Warehouse and Store Room; R. M. Browder, Lumber Yard; N. W. Neblett,
Plumbing and Pipe Shop; L. C. White, Machine Shop;. E. R. Johnson, Sheet Metal; F. D. Ferguson, Drillers; C. E. Walston,
Ship Shed; E. N. Shaw, Paint; C. F. Smiley, Ship Carpenters.
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In The Drive
Counters; ' K. Li. uammage, w eiaing ocnooi; i. x. nsner, jr., nttersj uiwraice avweu, weiuuig; yy.ii. sepnunson, weia
ing; Dave Neilson, Store Room; Frank Casteen, Purchasing; J. C. Rorison, Dormitory; J. 0. Brown, Plant Engineers; T. J.
Martin. Job Training; S. I. Burriss, Steam Engineers; S. A. Venable; J. P. Gray, Yard Riggers; M. Vendig, U. S. M. C;
J. B. Robertson. Electrical.
Some of the solicitors were absent when the picture was taken and Mr. Jones was substituting for Augustus Dandelake,
of th Piecework Counters.
By Lord Halifax
Gets Good Viow Of Our
Work In Helping
Viscount Halifax, British am
bassador to the United States,
toured the yard on December 3
and received a good idea of what
we are doing to win the war.
The call was one of the high
lights of his two-day visit to
North Carolina. Earlier he had
been the guest 1 of Governor
Broughton, at the executive
mansion in Raleigh, and had
spoken at Duke university
; Accompanied by Major H, G.
Lockhart, his secretary, and
Hugh C. McClelland, who recent
ly took up the consular duties
at Baltimore, he was conducted
about the yard by a number of
the officials of the company and
was given the opportunity to
see practically " every phase 1 of
shipbuilding here. He asked
numerous ' questions ;i regarding
our production records and wa?
quite interested in the new work
on the extended' C-2 program
Several of the 126 Liberty ship
we built are now operating un
der British flag and scores of
others have touched the shore?
" ' (Continued on page 7)
First G-2 Ship Is Delivered;
Faster Work Program Seen
NEW UNIFORM -Chief G. L.
Kennell, head of the Police and
Fire forces, was recently com
missioned a lieutenant, Junior
Grade, in the " United States
Coast Guard Reserve. : He will
continue in his same position in
the yard, however, having been
assigned to active duty here by
the Coast Guard. K ; ;
i Lieut. Kennell has approxi
mately .15 years experience in
industrial '.; police work. After
serving three and a half years
with the Pittsburgh - Crucible
Steel company, he went to New
port News on January 1, 1932.
He remained there until June
24, 1941, when he came , to the
yard here. .
Design Changes Mean
Lengthening Of Timo
On The Contracts
With the first C-2, the S. S.
Storm King, delivered into serv
ice, the yard is clearing the last
hurdles in this production pro
gram and should move forward
with completion of these ships
oil a progressively faster basis.
We faced many problems and
difficulties when we turned from
the Liberty to the C-2 because
the latter type ship is much more
complicated, especially from the
outfitting and machinery stand
points. As an example of the greater
work required i to r send a , C-2
down the Cape Fear river? and
into the Victory fleet, it calls
for greater electrical i wiring,
much more piping, including
high pressure systems, and ; in
stallation of delicate automatic
and remote controls. " With the
first U one " delivered, we have
learned much and the "newness"
of the numerous phases of con
struction should become more
and more routine. Remember,
we learned a great deal on our
first ship, the S.; S. Zebulon B.
Vance, and the ones immediate
ly following it and this knowl
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SECOND OLDEST Some
men never get too old to help
win this war and among them
is Frank L. Huggins, 76-year
old Wilmingtonian who started
work in the Electrical depart
ment on December : 21. 1942
his 75th birthday. As far as
we've been able to find out, he's
junior only to Captain Bob Car
ter, foreman of the Boiler Black
smith shop who observed his
80th birthday on Nov. 1. Be
fore coming to the yard, Mr.
Huggins worked ten years for the
Federal Land Bank f and !f seven
years as a land appraiser for the
Atlantic" Coast- Line railroad.
As we go to press, Captain
Carter is n a patient ; in James
Walker Memorial Hospital for
treatment of serious injuries re
ceived when he was struck by
an automobile several days ago.
All his many friends wish him
an early recovery.
The employees and the
company answered the call
of the second annual Com
munity War Chest of Wil
mington and New Hanover
county by giving a total of
$53,603.56 to surpass our
goal and again rank first
among all group and indua?,
trial contributors during
the campaign which closed
In addition, the company
made a special gift of $25,
000 to the Chest.
Clearly indicating our
intentions . of remaining
in Wilmington after the
war, it was expiamea
that this donation was giv
en for post-war purposes.
It is the first step taken in the
communitv to set uo an "after
the war" reserve fund so that
the Community Chest may be in
position to take care of contin
gencies and emergencies that
may develop in the future.
Officials of the yard expressed
the hope that the Chest will see
fit to add to this fund the excess
monev raised over the auota this
year, as well as the extra funds
from last years campaign.
When the special gift was an
nounced at the "Victory" dinner,
a standing tribute and three
rousing cheers were given the
yard by the campaign workers
present. Incidentally, t his
gathering, which climaxed the
drive that saw a total of $179,
566, an over-subscription of
$34,167 beyond the goal, report
ed, was a fitting celebration to
the successful financial effort
No funds from the Chest were
used to arrange it as it was
made possible by several civic
minded citizens. One of the fea
tures was ; the entertainment
program presented by Grayce
Lee and the Men of Note, who
gave their talent and service in
behalf of the Chest
In surpassing our goal and
again showing that we are ready
to bear our share of the com
munity's civic burdens, the em
ployees of : the yard donated
$43,603.56 and the remaining
$10,000 was contributed by the
company. The yard gave $42,000
last year. A large measure of
the success of the campaign,
conducted W from 1 November 8
through November 29, was due
to the whole hearted coopera
tion and efforts of the various
working with your editor as
'';-::ip . Leaders .,
Practically every department
made a good showing and sev
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