20 Dec 1940

United States
  • The Maritime Commission formally issued contracts to Henry Kaiser and Joseph Todd to build a new shipyard on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in the tidal flats of Richmond, California. The contract also called for Kaiser and Todd to build 30 merchant ships according to a British design. ww2dbase [Henry Kaiser | Kaiser Richmond Shipyards | Richmond, California | DS]
14 Apr 1941

United States
  • The first keel was laid at the new Kaiser Richmond Shipyard in Richmond, California, United States. The ship would later serve with the British Merchant Navy as the SS Ocean Vanguard and was sunk by torpedo off Trinidad in 1942. ww2dbase [Kaiser Richmond Shipyards | Richmond, California | DS]
17 Sep 1941

United States
  • The first keel was laid at the new Kaiser Richmond Shipyard No. 2 in Richmond, California, United States. The ship would later serve with the British Merchant Navy as the SS James Otis and was wrecked off Devon, England, United Kingdom in Feb 1945. ww2dbase [Kaiser Richmond Shipyards | Richmond, California | DS]
2 Jan 1942

United States
14 Apr 1942

United States Photo(s) dated 14 Apr 1942
Liberty Ship Stephen Hopkins shortly after launching, Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States, 14 Apr 1942
15 May 1942

United States
5 Aug 1942

United States
  • US Navy LST-476 was laid at the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards in Richmond, California, United States. This was the first ship to be laid down at Richmond's new Shipyard No. 4. ww2dbase [Kaiser Richmond Shipyards | Richmond, California | DS]
11 Nov 1942

United States
  • The first ship was launched at the new Kaiser Richmond Shipyard No. 3 in Richmond, California, United States. The ship would later served with the US Navy as USS George O. Squier, lead ship of her class of troop transports. ww2dbase [Kaiser Richmond Shipyards | Richmond, California | DS]
12 Apr 1943

United States
7 May 1943

United States Photo(s) dated 7 May 1943
George Washington Carver sliding down the shipway after launching, Yard No. 1, Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States, 7 May 1943Lena Horne at the launching of SS George Washington Carver, Yard No. 1, Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States, 7 May 1943
26 Jul 1943

United States
15 Aug 1943

United States
11 Jan 1944

Photo(s) dated 11 Jan 1944
Aerial view of the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, 11 Jan 1944.
11 Apr 1944

United States
7 Jun 1944

United States
14 Jul 1944

United States
1 Sep 1944

Photo(s) dated 1 Sep 1944
Sep 1944 map showing the general layout of Kaiser Richmond Shipyards Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4 plus the prefabrication shops, Richmond, California, United States.
10 Nov 1944

United States
6 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 6 Dec 1944
Aerial view of the Kaiser Company Shipyard No. 4 looking southwest, Richmond, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944.Aerial view of the Kaiser Company Shipyard No. 4 looking north, Richmond, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944.Aerial view of the Kaiser Company Shipyard No. 4 looking northwest, Richmond, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944.Overhead view of the Kaiser Company Shipyard No. 4, Richmond, California, United States, 6 Dec 1944.
11 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 11 Dec 1944
Aerial view of Kaiser Richmond No. 2 Yard, Richmond, California, United States, 11 Dec 1944.Aerial view of Kaiser Richmond No. 3 Yard, Richmond, California, United States, 11 Dec 1944Aerial view of Permanente Metals Shipyard No. 1 looking south into San Francisco Bay, Richmond, California, United States, 11 Dec 1944. Note the prefabrication shed on the left and the large Ford assembly plant at top.Aerial view of Permanente Metals Shipyard No. 1 looking west, Richmond, California, United States, 11 Dec 1944. Shipyard No. 4 is just out of view to the upper right.
See all photos dated 11 Dec 1944
13 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 13 Dec 1944
Overhead view of Permanente Metals Shipyard No. 1, Richmond, California, United States, 13 Dec 1944.
8 Jan 1945

Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1945
Overhead view of Permanente Metals Shipyard No. 2, Richmond, California, United States, 8 Jan 1945.Overhead view of the Kaiser Cargo Company Shipyard No. 3, Richmond, California, United States, 8 Jan 1945.
9 Jan 1945

United States
1 Apr 1946

United States
1 Jan 2012

Photo(s) dated 1 Jan 2012
Battleship Iowa at Terminal 3, Richmond, California, United States, 1 Jan 2012

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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