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October 31 2006 at 3:39 PM
Son-of-Rosie  (Login Son-of-Rosie)
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Response to From PAmels Nelson's posting...........

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It is a little hard to tell the distance away from the river. If that big white building is across St. Joseph Ave. it must be Mead Johnson, a company that made pharmaceuticals.

If that building is on the shipyard property it has to be the "Shops Building"; the Shops Building was a large structure that housed the machine shop, the electrical shop, the riggers loft, and the pipe shop. The Shops Building set just downriver from the launchways so the angle in the photo lines up with where the Shops Building was located.

The much smaller white building in front of the Shops Building looks like the "Acetylene Building" that sat in front of the Shops Building, so my guess is the large white structure is indeed the Shops Building.

By the way, this Halloween 1942 launching of LST 157 is the setting in the book Invitation to Valhalla where the German spy, Erika Lehmann, meets the shipyard engineer Joe Mayer.

(by the way, those buildings are downriver, or west, of the ship in the photo).

This message has been edited by Son-of-Rosie on Oct 31, 2006 6:34 PM

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