Yes, yesterday's image was a detail from the hull of the "SS Hood River," a ship built with proceeds of Hood River County's Fifth War Bond Drive. As you'll see in coming days these war bond drives were big events in Hood River. This fifth drive netted over a million dollars, which earned Hood River's name on this ship built at the Swan Island shipyard in Portland.
The SS Hood River was a tanker. It was later renamed the Caltex Cape Town, and plied the worlds oceans until 1967.
a little more, albeit generic, info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Type_T2_tankers#H
spinsur on 14th August 2012 @ 7:09am
This will be all new history to me. I have heard of war bonds but have no idea how they worked.
I wonder if the person who painted the apple and Hood River even knew where Hood River was?
l.e. on 14th August 2012 @ 7:41am
I am so impressed. What a tribute to Hood River. Now it would be a pear instead of an apple.
Norma on 14th August 2012 @ 8:18am
And the war bond sales building (booth) that was located on the east side of the Butler Bank still exists out on Belmont; when I was growing up it was the pump house for our "farmette" sprinkler system.
The addition of the apple graphic is a nice touch, I wonder whose idea this was and if it was typical for ships financed by local bond sales.....glad to hear that the SS Hood River had a long life....many didn't. Service on this slow "target" would not have been any fun cruise.
Is this a government photo Arthur?
Arlen Sheldrake on 14th August 2012 @ 9:22am
Arlen, we have an extensive series of 8x10s showing the ship and its dedication. I believe they were "official" government promotional images. Raising the money and building the ships was a real assembly line, and every step of the process was documented and used to promote more fund raising.
Arthur on 14th August 2012 @ 9:51am
I read once that part of the reason for building Bonneville Dam was cheap power for the industry of building ships and planes.
I don't know if that is true but the Portland/Vancouver area definitely became a ship building area.
l.e. on 14th August 2012 @ 9:58am
Thanks Arthur. Glad to hear that the Museum has more photos of the SS Hood River. It would be interesting to see a picture of the dedication and a roster of the Hood River folk who all attended the Swan Island event in Portland.
I have a vague memory of the bond sales program and the small booklets that one would put the bond stamps in until you had a full book and could turn it in and get a bond. Thus as you say Arthur, even kids were a part of the "assembly line" effort.
Arlen Sheldrake on 14th August 2012 @ 10:31am
Another ship with a local landmark was the ammunition ship USS Mount Hood. It met a disastrous end off Manus Island in Papua New Guinea when it exploded. All were lost save a few who where ashore at the time.
Kevin Widener on 14th August 2012 @ 7:03pm
More info on USS Mount Hood:
Kevin Widener on 14th August 2012 @ 8:14pm
Thanks Kevin for the link.
Terrible story, but glad I know about it.
l.e. on 14th August 2012 @ 10:41pm
Yes, thanks for the link/tip about the USS Mount Hood. Quite the terrible story including all the safety failures including the error in where it was anchored.
Arlen Sheldrake on 15th August 2012 @ 10:37am
My grandfather served on that ship during the second World War
Michael on 29th January 2015 @ 1:31pm