Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Shipyard Security Shenanigans

posted on May 29, 2015

Lincoln Cushing
Heritage writer

 

Fore 'n' Aft, 1942-08-06, RMH

Fore ‘n’ Aft cover, 8/6/1942, artwork by Sam Wainwright.

Family lore was that my curmudgeon uncle Robert Heizer, who worked in the World War II Kaiser Richmond shipyards as a steamfitter, bristled at the formal security measures in the yards and pasted a photo of a gorilla on his badge. No one noticed.

Wartime vigilance was nothing to joke at, but workers did. Most of the push back was good natured and harmless, and all of the wartime Kaiser factories only experienced a single documented incidence of outright sabotage.

This cover of the weekly Richmond shipyard magazine treats us to a young guard being surprised by the contents of an older worker’s lunchbox. Note the punched IBM computer card in his pocket.

The “On the cover” description says: “In vivid chalk and charcoal Shipfitter Sam Wainwright of Richmond Shipyard Number One portrays a not too impossible scene stemming from his intimate knowledge of the strange things that sometimes turn up in workmen’s lunchboxes.”

 

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Fire up your foot

posted on October 2, 2013

by Lincoln Cushing, Heritage writer

Even wartime shipyard workers had a sense of humor. The Permanente Metals newsletter Fore ‘n’ Aft for the four Richmond yards issue of June 23, 1944 posted this amusing photo with a caption:

Yard Three assembly 1-B instructor Mike Dailey shows off his welding position. “S’easy,” says Mike. “And you sure get out the footage that way.”
Mike demonstrated his technique to welders competing in the Yard Three June welding contest. Now all the welders are asking for instructions.

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Richmond shipyard number Three assembly instructor Mike Dailey shows off his unorthodox welding position.

Richmond shipyard number Three assembly instructor Mike Dailey shows off his unorthodox welding position.

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