On the Water

Shipyard Volunteers Button

A push to recruit 250,000 additional shipyard workers for the Hog Island shipyard in early 1918 led the Emergency Fleet Corporation to create the “U.S. Shipyard Volunteers.” Men who signed up to work in the yards were exempted from the military draft.

In May 1918, shortly after the initiative began, New York led the drive with more than 81,800 volunteers, followed by Illinois and Massachusetts.

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copper alloy
ca 1919
15/16 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 2.38125 cm x 3.175 cm x .635 cm
U.S. Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp