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This is a 11" x 17", 4-page Maritime Souvenir Edition of the Moorship Mariner Volume 2 Oakland, California, August 14, 1943 Number 6 edition recognizing the Moore Dry Dock Company being honored by the United States Maritime Commission with the award of the coveted Maritime "M" pennant.
The Moore Dry Dock Company was a ship repair and shipbuilding company at the foot of Adeline Street in West Oakland. It began in 1905 in San Francisco as the Moore & Scott Iron Works. It was destroyed by fire following the 1906 earthquake, but they rebuilt quickly. In 1909 they purchased the Boole Shipyard in Oakland and moved operations there. Around 1917 the Moores bought out the Scotts and it became the Moore Shipbuilding Company; it became The Moore Dry Dock Company in 1922.
The shipyard grew rapidly during WWI; after the war they also produced structural steel. The shipyard built two ferryboats for the Key System, the Peralta and the Yerba Buena. Construction projects included a hangar at Oakland Airport (1928), the Park Street Bridge (1934–35) and the High Street Bridge (1938–39), as well as caissons for the Bay Bridge. They even provided steel for the construction of the Paramount Theatre, including the huge steel beam that supports the balcony. 3 During WWII they grew rapidly again, and were famous for handling difficult repair and conversion jobs. At its peak in 1943, the company employed 37,000 workers. 1
The company was notable for hiring African Americans at a time when discrimination was rampant. They still faced discrimination, being directed into less skilled and lower-paying jobs, and unions forced them to create local auxiliaries instead joining the regular local. 4
Local baseball legend Ernie Raimondi worked for the Moore Dry Dock Company after his professional baseball career, and played on the company baseball team in the Bushrod League.
Moore Dry Dock launched its last ocean-going ship in 1945. The company ceased operations in 1961 and was sold to Flug and Strassler, which was subsequently sold to Schnitzer Steel, a metal recycling business.
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