The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point

The Race to Build Ships on Jones Point (HM164Q)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 47.587', W 77° 2.361'

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Alexandria Goes to War

— 1918 - 1921 —

In response to a shortage of ships and shipbuilding facilities at the start of World War I, the U.S. government decided to enter the shipbuilding business. In 1917, the U.S. Emergency Fleet Corporation was created and eventually oversaw construction of 218 shipyards, including one here on Jones Point. The first piling for the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation's shipyard was driven in February 1918. The massive facility was up and running just 85 days later—a reported world record.

The arrival of thousands of shipyard workers in Alexandria shattered the domestic tranquility of Jones Point. Responding to the acute worker housing shortage, the Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation began construction of 100 houses in the nearby suburb of Rosemont during the summer of 1918. Posters such as this one encouraged the new hires to "pull together."
HM NumberHM164Q
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 10:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322887 N 4295794
Decimal Degrees38.79311667, -77.03935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.587', W 77° 2.361'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 35.22" N, 77° 2' 21.66" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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