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The huge cost of creating Hog Island generated controversy and congressional investigations. Newspapers charged American International Shipbuilding Corp. with graft and corruption.

W. A. Rogers, artist; published in the New York Herald, February 10, 1918

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

A wild saturnalia of extravagance, a brilliant phantasmagoria of patriotic pretense, and the pity and the shame of it are that those who...are wasting the money of the taxpayers are some of the great captains of industry of the nation.
—California Sen. Hiram Johnson, on Hog Island


Workers at lunchtime walk past dozens of ships under construction, Hog Island, January 1919.

From a scrapbook donated by James D. Andrew Jr.