Presentation Model, Typical Wartime Freighter


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.

Date Made: 1919

Recipient: Piez, CharlesPresenter: Association of Northwestern ShipbuildersReferenced: Emergency Fleet CorporationMaker: Zapffe, Carl

Place Made: United States: Washington, Seattle

Subject: FishingRelated Event: The Emergence of Modern America


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Exhibition: On the Water

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

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Related Publication: On the Water online exhibition

Credit Line: Gift of Catherine M. and Capt. Raymond M. Kotrla, USN (Ret.)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.335462Catalog Number: 335462Accession Number: 3217721976.321772

Object Name: Ship, Freightership model, freightermodel, shipOther Terms: Ship, Freighter; Ship; Maritime; Freighter

Physical Description: silver (overall material)wood (overall material)enamel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 26 in; x 66.04 cm


Record Id: nmah_844269

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