Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

LC-USZC4-10786:  WWI Shipping Board Poster.   “On The Job For Victory. / United States Shipping Board.”   Artwork by Lie Jonas, 1918.  Poster shows a panoramic view of a busy shipyard with a ship about to be launched.   Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Convoys and Shipbuilding

Convoys and Shipbuilding

Immediately following the Declaration of War, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels ordered the fleet to mobilize.   The U.S. Navy, however, was unprepared for action.   Every associated function in regard to naval warfare had to be planned before placed into execution, such as the planning of overseas bases (construction and placement) and the ability to transport troops (employing millions in a matter of months). 

Image: LC-USZC4-10786:  "On the Job for Victory"  Artwork by Lie Jonas, 1918.  Courtesy of the Library of Congress.