The entrance to the brooklyn navy yard at sands and navy streets new york city only invested $3 million into the navy yard ship construction reached its peak during world war ii, when. In manhattan beach, jennifer egan has produced a closely researched exploration of life in new york city during world war ii and describes a range of ways in which new york women became involved in the war effort brooklyn navy yard during the 1930s a small number of women worked at the brooklyn navy yard, almost exclusively in administrative positions. By the early 1980s, only a hundred people worked at the brooklyn navy yard, as compared to the more than 70,000 people who worked there during world war ii   click was replaced by the nonprofit brooklyn navy yard development corporation in 1981.
During world war ii the brooklyn navy yard was the largest naval construction facility in the united states among the vessels completed there were the missouri, on the decks of which world war ii officially ended on september 2, 1945. The brooklyn navy yard played a pivotal role in world war ii, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe.
At its peak, during world war ii, the yard employed 70,000 people, 24 hours a day during wwii due to shortage of labor the navy yard began to train and employ women in positions formerly held by males. According to the society, 63 million tons of supplies and more than 3 million men shipped out from new york harbor, and at the height of the war, a ship left every 15 minutes the brooklyn navy yard doubled its size and employed 70,000 people , including many women it became the largest shipbuilding facility in the country at the time. Jennifer egan's new book follows a woman who works the brooklyn navy yard during world war ii harry harris/ap in 2011, jennifer egan won the pulitzer prize for her novel, a visit from the goon squad.
During world war ii the brooklyn navy yard was the largest naval construction facility in the united states among the vessels completed there were the missouri, on the decks of which world war ii officially ended. [these aspects of war work were suggested by a reading of the new york times and the shipworker, the in-house newspaper established by the yard in november 1941, during the world war ii years] another fundamental element of labor relations in the navy yard was the issue of draft deferments.
The oral histories in the exhibit, along with photographic documentation, helped students put together a patchwork of the social history of the wwii-era brooklyn navy yard the students spent time brainstorming questions around the topic of work, women, and people of color in the navy yard during wwii. The tour is really about how this place functioned, says gustafson, and the lives of the people who passed through during wwii, including many women and african-americans a bus meets visitors at building 92 (carlton and flushing aves) at 11 am, and covers the 4-acre shipyard during the two-hour tour, with guests disembarkingat several stops. Women, work, and world war ii with uncovering and piecing together the historical experiences of women workers and workers of color at the brooklyn navy yard during world war ii flatbush and main flatbushandmain fort greene history hurricane sandy julie golia library map of the month maps museum education new york times oral history. According to the society, 63 million tons of supplies and more than 3 million men shipped out from new york harbor, and at the height of the war, a ship left every 15 minutes the brooklyn navy yard doubled its size and employed 70,000 people, including many women it became the largest shipbuilding facility in the country at the time.
Several world war ii-related displays can be found in the robert h and clarice smith new york gallery of american history small objects from the home front, including jewelry, matchbooks, and games, are on view in cases embedded in the floor. At no time did the total of women exceed 8% of the shipyard’s overall population the shipyard itself was named the new york navy shipyard, however a campaign was started to change it to the brooklyn navy shipyard due to its location this shipyard was the world’s largest industrial employer.