Friday, February 18, 2011

Constructing Destroyers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard-Part 2

 These are a few more of the pictures the museum recently received on the construction of three destroyers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in the mid-1930s. These pictures show the construction USS Bagley (DD-386).
Frames for Bagley's hull pre-fabricated at the Yard's Shop 11, June 1935

While the workers made the frames, the keel was laid down at the same time.

View of structure, September 1935

Workers at the Yard's boiler shop assemble the ship's stack and breeching, March 1936.

Launch day-September 1936. Miss Bella Worth Bagley, sister of the ship's namesake, christens the ship.

Bagley in the Elizabeth River, shortly after launch. Workers later assembled the ship's guns, bridge, and stack.

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