WWII Lecture Series:Building Boats for WWII in Holland, Michigan
Holland, Michigan was home to many industries that converted from peacetime manufacturing to supplying the Allies during World War II. Local boat building companies leased space to other companies to build military vessels while others converted all of their production space to build boats that would help win the war. Chris-Craft Corporation's Holland plant built over 8,000 plywood landing craft, many of which were used for the D-Day landings in France. Other companies built pleasure craft used by relaxing service men when not fighting the enemy or supplied personnel to help other companies build wooden submarine chasers and steel tug boats. Local boat builders gained valuable experience during the war years that would later be used to compete and thrive in the years to follow.
Geoffrey Reynolds, the Mary Riepma Ross Director at the Joint Archives of Holland will present his work on Holland Boat Building during WWII. During World War II Holland boat building companies built large and small military vessels that would help win the war. Reynolds will present an illustrated history of Holland’s important part in this key war industry and its lasting effect on the community after hostilities ended.
Museum Members Free. non-members: Adults $8 Seniors $7
*Photo: Chris Crafts 800th landing craft produced at the Holland plant. (Joint Archives of Holland)
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