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Details about  Vintage Chelsea Clock Co.Boston 10inch Brass Bulk Head? time piece U.S. Maritime

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Vintage Chelsea Clock Co.Boston 10inch Brass Bulk Head? time piece U.S. Maritime
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Last updated on  Apr 05, 2012 17:38:33 PDT  View all revisions
 Hi, offered here is a vintage Chelsea Brass Clock made by Chelsea Clock Co. Boston for the U.S. Maritime Commission, face serial number 2270. The clock overall measures 10inches, with an 8inch silver dial. The clock has been running for a couple of days and seems to keep good time, but I can not guarantee the working condition of this unit. The case has a screw off bezel and is pretty good shape, there are some dings along the edges, the finish is gold in tone, and has ware spots. Their are three anchor holes drilled along the back plate to hang the clock, all looks original to this model.  The face is in good original condition, some ware and scratches noticed, all numerals and lettering are intact. On the back there is a number stamped..292794, which I think puts this clock between 1940-44.

Some points of interest regarding the U.S. Maritime Commission.

The shipbuilding achievement of the United States Maritime Commission in World War Two is without parallel in all history. Never have so many men in so short a time produced so much ocean-going tonnage as the shipyards of the United States have sent to sea since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1936, when Congress, with what Vice-Admiral Emory Land has described as "seemingly prophetic foresight," first authorized a long-range construction program, there were but ten shipyards in this country able to build ocean-going vessels 400 feet or longer. At the peak of production 81 American shipyards in all parts of the coast were building such ships. When the European war began in September, 1939, the U.S. merchant fleet consisted of only 1,150 vessels aggregating approximately 10,500,000 deadweight tons. By December 7, 1941, that fleet was only 1,375 ships of nearly 12,000,000 deadweight tons. (And by July of 1942 enemy attack had reduced that number to less than 1,300 ships.) But by the end of 1944 the estimated tonnage of the American Merchant Marine in all types of ships had grown to approximately 50,000,000 deadweight tons. On that day there were 3,800 vessels under control of the War Shipping Administration, and in the peak year of 1943 the United States Maritime Commission delivered 1,896 ships-or more than 500 more than the entire United States Merchant Marine of December 7, 1941. 

On January 3, 1945, Admiral Land said that the total estimated tonnage of the American Merchant Marine was "in the neighborhood of two-thirds of the entire amount of deadweight tonnage afloat in the world in 1939 - and its possession gives the United States a position unique in its shipping history." And nearly half of this wartime construction was launched from Pacific Coast shipyards, many of which did not exist on December 7, 1941

The task of the United States Maritime Commission since 1936

1. To build shipyards and develop management.

2. To recruit, house and train shipyard workers.

3. To build ships.

4. To train officers and recruit personnel.

Thanks for the interest


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