Events at Fort Vancouver
Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site & National Park Service announce
The Untold Story of Henry Kaiser’s Oregon Shipyards
by Peter Marsh
Author’s presentation -- Saturday December 17, 2022
Fort Vancouver Visitor Center
1501 East Evergreen Blvd. – no admission charge
1:00 PM Author’s Presentation & Booksigning
Stories and Photos of the Vancouver Shipyard and Oregon Shipyards
Books available for sale in the Friends' Bookstore $49.95
Author and maritime journalist PETER MARSH will present photos and story of the shipyards of Portland and Vancouver during World War II. Hundreds of men and women worked in the local yards and trained in special technical schools to learn welding and design. Learn about the production, training, recruiting, and housing for hundreds of people who worked here throughout the war.
Peter Marsh grew up in Greenwich, England in the heart of Great Britain's maritime heritage. Loving small boats and teaching he spent time boatbuilding and sail-racing which eventually brought him to the US. He settled in Portland, OR and soon met Larry Barber, retired marine editor for The Oregonian. On Barber's death in 1996, Mr. Marsh inherited Mr. Barber's substantial archive of papers, photos and articles written about the Northwest. It soon became evident that the extensive Barber collection of wartime materials -- diaries and photos recorded in detail the largely overlooked stories of Oregon and Vancouver shipyards. Correlating, researching, and editing became Mr. Marsh's challenge for the over five years and the ultimate result is this exceptional book of photos and stories in our region.