Counterclockwise, from top: The shipyard had its own theme song, “Down the Ways,”
written by Ruth M. Keith and R.B. McKenzie. Workers came from across the state to work
for the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company. Shops at the shipyard included machine,
gear assembly, electrical and plumbing. Women worked in nontraditional fields.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
WBM october 2017