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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Nuts and Bolts: 1919

Nuts and Bolts: 1919

Washington, D.C. (vicinity). "Alexandria shipyard views, 1919." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Re: Riveting

This is a salvage operation. After the Armistice was signed, hundreds of transports were decommissioned and reduced to scrap at the Alexandria shipyard. So I'd say that the ships were indeed constructed using bolts.

Riveting

They didn't really bolt the ships together, the bolts were used to hold everything in alignment for riveting. Once enough rivets were in place, the bolts were removed and replaced by the final rivets.

Chiseling off

Looks more like they are deconstructing rather than assembling. Those look like air chisels. Anyone have any insight on the activity going on?

Alexandria shipyards

Hand-Held Camera?

The shadow of the photographer looks like he is using a hand-held camera. Is the original negative larger than 4x5?

[The negative is a 5x7 inch glass plate. - Dave]

 
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