DUNDALK — Historic Dundalk is living up to its name: The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation’s business incubator — called The Forge — has eight vintage photos of Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard workers during World War II on display.
“Workers at Bethlehem Steel and its shipyards played a crucial role in the nation’s victory in World War II,” a statement on the exhibit said. “Working around the clock, they forged the steel and built the ships that the U.S military relied on to win. These 1943 photos of the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyard highlight the contributions of some of these men and women.”
Fairfield workers built an astonishing 384 liberty cargo ships in less than four years, helping Bethlehem Steel become a leader in wartime ship construction. Meanwhile, the company’s Sparrows Point plant churned out 17 million tons of steel during the war. An industry giant by the time the war ended, Bethlehem Steel’s Baltimore complex would go on to employ 31,000 people at its height.
The Forge display is available for viewing any time during business hours.