Started in 1884 by Thomas A. Watson, who is best known as the person on the other end of Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone call, Fore River Shipyard employed thousands of South Shore-area residents. It was the largest private employer along the South Shore, providing jobs for over 30,000 workers during World War II. Today, Fore River Shipyard is remembered as having accomplished many shipbuilding firsts, including the construction of the USS Long Beach (CGN-9), the first nuclear guided-missile cruiser, which took four years to complete. Through postcards that include early submarines, battleships, destroyers, and ocean liners, Fore River Shipyard celebrates a shipyard that became an integral part of the South Shore community for over a century.
About the Author
Wayne G. Miller grew up in Quincy and remembers family excursions over the Fore River Bridge, hoping to see a ship going out to sea. He owned a collectibles business for 25 years, specializing in postcards and books. He is a member of the Quincy and Braintree Historical Societies and the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum.
Table of Contents
1 The Founder: Thomas Augustus Watson 9
2 The Fore River Shipyard: The Early Years 13
3 The First Ships: 1900 to 1907 25
4 Pre-World War I: 1908 to 1916 45
5 World War I: 1917 to 1919 65
6 Squantum Victory Yard: 1917 to 1920 77
7 Between the Wars: 1920 to 1940 83
8 World War II: 1941 to 1945 101
9 Post-World War II: 1946 to 1963 111
10 General Dynamics Era: 1964 to 1986 123