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Research Starter: Florida Shipbuilders during World War II
Shipbuilding accounted for two-thirds of Florida’s industrial growth during World War II. Companies in ports such as Pensacola, Panama City, Jacksonville and Tampa hired thousands of workers to quickly construct the vessels needed for the war effort. Panama City’s Wainwright Company alone constructed 108 ships, employing the services of 15,000 workers.
State Library of Florida
Other Online Resources
- Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida World War II Heritage Trail Guide
- Gulf Coast State College, Wainwright Shipyard Oral History Collection: Interviews with Shipyard Workers and Bay County Residents During the World War II Years
- Nick Wynne, Florida in World War II: Floating Fortress (Charleston: History Press, 2010).
- Peggy Pelt, "Wainwright Shipyard: The Impact of a World War II War Industry on Panama City, Florida," (Ph.D., Florida State University, 1994).