1918 US Shipping Board ELGIN Father Time Ship's Chronometer Deck Clock Watch
1918 U.S. SHIPPING BOARD 21 JEWEL ELGIN FATHER TIME 40-HOUR WIND CHRONOMETER DECK WATCH GIMBALED IN CASE WITH OUTER CARRYING CASE & KEY ****CLOCK IS KEEPING PERFECT TIME****. Measurements: Face 2 1/8 inches (watch 2 7/8 inches diameter), Inner Box 5 1/8 inches x 5 1/8 inches x 5 1/8 inches. Outer Carrying Case/Box 9 inches x 7 inches base and 7 1/4 inches Tall. GOOD CLEAN AND WORKING CONDITION. Please see pictures! EMERGENCY FLEET CORPORATION. Because of the need during World War I to build ships rapidly, on 16 April 1917 the U.S. Shipping Board incorporated the Emergency Fleet Corporation to build, own, and operate a merchant fleet for the U.S. government. It performed these functions until 11 February 1927, when Congress changed its name to the Merchant Fleet Corporation. In 1916 the shipbuilding industry completed only 300,000 deadweight tons of ships, whereas the United States during war needed an annual output of 6 million to 10 million deadweight tonnage. To meet this emergency the Fleet Corporation first requisitioned the 431 steel ships being built in American yards for foreign operators. Second, the corporation built three great steel shipyards and invested in many other yards. To speed up construction, yards assembled "fabricated" ships of standard design out of plates and parts made in factories as far west as Kansas. In October 1918 the peak construction program consisted of 3,116 ships, but, by 31 October 1918, only 378 steel ships had entered service. After July 1918 the shortage of cargo tonnage was acute. World War I ended as the army general staff faced the necessity of maintaining eighty divisions in France without the prospect of adequate supply ships before July 1919.Please contact us regarding any questions or concerns before purchase. This item is on display at and pick up is available from our Annapolis Maryland U.S.A. retail store.
Out of stock