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Unidentified man, Schause, and Charles H. Martin at Swan Island airport, Portland

Photograph showing of three men standing in a row next to an airplane at Swan Island airport in Portland. The name “Schause” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image. Schause is the man in the center. The man at left is unidentified; the man at right is Charles H. Martin. See related image No. 371N2262.

Three men, one in Santa suit, with airplane

Photograph of two unidentified men, one of them dressed as Santa Claus, standing on the wing of a plane at the Swan Island airport in Portland. A third unidentified man is standing on the ground next to the wing and is reaching up to shake hands with the man in the Santa suit.

John P. Wood and F. H. Clewers

Portrait of two men wearing jackets and bow ties. The man on the right has a cigarette in his mouth. The text “John P. Woods [sic] - F. H. Clewers” is written on the negative and is visible on the right side of the image. The photograph may have been taken in mid-July 1928, when pilot John P. Wood and mechanic Frank Clewers arrived in Portland as part of the Ford national reliability air tour. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Boeing F4B Navy fighter at Swan Island airport in Portland

Photograph of a Boeing F4B biplane, probably an F4B-4, at Swan Island airport in Portland. On the side of the plane is the word “Anacostia,” indicating the plane was based at Anacostia Naval Air Station near Washington, D. C. Two words of text are handwritten at the bottom of the negative. The first word begins with “H” but the rest of the word is unclear. The second word is “Plane.” The text is visible at the bottom right corner of the image.

Unidentified man fueling monoplane at Swan Island airport, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified man standing on top of a monoplane and holding a fuel hose leading from a Signal tanker truck at right. A second unidentified man is standing next to the open rear doors of the truck and resting one hand on the hose. The photograph was taken at Swan Island airport in Portland. See related image Nos. 372A1311 and 372A1312. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Commander Louis J. Gulliver greeting two unidentified men aboard USS Constitution?

Photograph showing a U. S. Navy officer greeting two unidentified men. The officer is probably Commander Louis J. Gulliver, commanding officer of the frigate USS Constitution, and the photograph was probably taken in Portland in August 1933, during a three-week visit by the ship and crew as part of a national tour.

The Bo's'n's Whistle

  • BW-OSC
  • Collection
  • 1941 - 1946

The Bo's'n's Whistle was a publication distributed to the employees of the Kaiser Shipyards in Oregon and Washington between 1941 and 1946. The first publication was released on July 18, 1941 under the editorial direction of Chick Johnson, and was given its distinctive name by Edgar Kaiser the General Manager of the shipyard. Subsequent issues released bi-weekly, along with a special issue on September 27, 1941 commemorating the launch of the "Star of Oregon". Distribution expanded to the Vancouver and Swan Island Shipyards in April 1942, with Hal Babbit, director of public relations for Kaiser Company serving as editorial supervisor.

The format of the Bo's'n's Whistle changed from a magazine to a weekly newspaper beginning March 10, 1944, with separate editions for each of the three shipyards - Oregon Shipyard, Swan Island, and Vancouver. On September 7, 1945 The Bo's'n's Whistle was again consolidated into one edition for all three shipyards, and on January 1, 1946 it was moved to a twice-monthly publication schedule. The final issue of The Bo's'n's Whistle was published on May 24, 1946. At its peak, The Bo's'n's Whistle was circulated to 90,000 employees, with over 4,000,000 copies distributed over its lifespan.

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation

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