Hog Island, 13: The Wet Basin, a Squall of Rain
Dimensions: composition: 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
sheet: 17 1/4 × 21 in. (43.8 × 53.3 cm)
Illustration Citation: Probably created for "The Greatest Shipyard in the World: Building Our New Merchant Marine at Hog Island: A Series of Sketches by Thornton Oakley," an advertisement for United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, but not used in 1918 Harper's Magazine section
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. D. Meredith Reese, 1976
About: Thornton Oakley depicted the Hog Island Shipyard, located on Hog Island in the Delaware River, in a series of 15 lithographs commissioned by the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, a government body established in 1917 to acquire and operate merchant ships for wartime defense and commerce. The images, showcasing the "greatest shipyard in the world," were designed to engender pride for in America's fleet.
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