Women Welders of WWII

Shipyard workers, Portland, ME
Shipyard Workers, WWII, South Portland, ME

Maine Maritime Museum

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News Release Date: March 9, 2017

Contact: Laura Orleans, 508-993-8894

The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 PM with On the Job: Women Launching a New Tradition.  Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.
                           
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are pleased to present On the Job: Women Launching a New Tradition a short film about women who worked in the South Portland (Maine) Shipyards during WWII. More than 30,000 men and women worked in the South Portland Shipyards building hundreds of "Liberty Ships" and British "Ocean Class" ships during WWII. The film was produced by Southern Maine Technical College (now Southern Maine Community College) as part of its 50th year celebration of learning. Young women currently enrolled in welding classes at SMTC talk about their work along with women who were employed as welders at the shipyard during WWII. The film was produced by the Spring Point Media Center at Southern Maine Technical College.
 
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of New Bedford’s fishing industry through exhibits, programs, and archives. www.fishingheritagecenter.org
 
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com
 
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Last updated: March 9, 2017

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