Presentation Model, Typical Wartime Freighter

Description
The United States entered World War I in April 1917. Within days, the federal government created the Emergency Fleet Corporation (EFC) to construct a fleet of merchant ships. The EFC hired the American International Shipbuilding Corporation to build and operate the largest shipyard in the world: Hog Island, near Philadelphia.
This unusual ship model of a standard Emergency Fleet Corporation Type A freighter was made of solid silver in 1919 by the silversmith Carl Zapffe, Inc. of Seattle, Washington for the Association of Northwestern Shipbuilders (ANS).
In gratitude for the nation’s massive investment in American shipbuilding during World War I, the ANS presented it to outgoing Emergency Fleet Corporation Director-General Charles Piez on 30 April 1919. The model was donated to the Smithsonian in 1976 by the nephew of the original recipient.
Object Name
Ship, Freighter
ship model, freighter
model, ship
Date made
1919
recipient
Piez, Charles
presentor
Association of Northwestern Shipbuilders
referenced
Emergency Fleet Corporation
maker
Zapffe, Carl
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
wood (overall material)
enamel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 in; x 66.04 cm
Place Made
United States: Washington, Seattle
ID Number
TR*335462
catalog number
335462
accession number
321772
1976.321772
subject
Military
Transportation
Fishing
event
The Emergence of Modern America
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Catherine M. and Capt. Raymond M. Kotrla, USN (Ret.)
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
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