Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
The surviving records of the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Ltd., consist primarily of fragmentary materials documenting the construction of vessels at the various yards.
There are also two small groups of material relating to the company's organization. The first from the office of Robert McMath, Secretary and Vice President, Finance, includes the papers for the merger forming the company in 1917 and the subsequent acquisitions of the Fore River Shipbuilding Corporation, the Union Iron Works Dry Dock Company, the Baltimore Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Company, the Simpson's Patent Dry Dock Company, the Southwestern Shipbuilding Company, the Atlantic Works, and United Shipyards, Inc.
More important are two volumes of reports of working committees (1918-1920). They contain analyses and recommendations by committees of engineers and foremen for each of the various tasks performed at each of the company's yards. They give a relatively complete picture of local conditions. There are also miscellaneous records dealing with cost accounting methods. a record of vessels built at each yard between 1900 and 1923. and a volume of plant histories compiled in 1926. Another volume contains photographic copies of maps of all of the yards built by the Emergency Fleet Corporation between 1917 and 1919.
The remainder of the records consist of specifications and a few drawings for vessels built at the various yards, plus some unsuccessful bids. There are also several portfolios of drawings of boilers, turbines, and distilling plants used in Bethlehem vessels.