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The Growth of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Its Influence on the City of Bremerton.

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Master's thesis,

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Traced is the development of the shipyard and its effect on Bremerton from the beginnings in the late 1880s to the end of World War II in 1945. The beginnings are important in establishing why the shipyard was actually located where it is. Most of the physical development in the shipyard and the city seen today had occurred by 1945 as a result of the rapid escalation and growth during the war years. Four major phases of growth can be identified during the years of 1890 to 1945. The initial period begins with the investigations of various commissions appointed by the U.S. Navy that chose the site for a navy yard in the Pacific Northwest. It continues with the actual construction of the Navy Yard and the founding of the adjacent cities of Charleston and Bremerton. The second phase deals with the mobilization and buildup for World War I and the period immediately following the war 1914-1921. The third phase encompasses the period from 1925 to 1938 during which growth was modest in the Navy Yard but growth in the city became more self-centered in reorganization and consolidation. Finally, the last phase addresses the enormous build up and mobilization for World War II. Each phase will be discussed in terms of the forces and decisions influencing growth both in the shipyard itself and the city around it.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Engineering
  • Marine Engineering

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