2018-02-23 / Community

A Window on the Past

Do you recognize those in this Shipyard Fire Dept. photo?
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


South Portland Historical Society seeks information on the men of the South Portland Shipyard Fire Department. (Courtesy photo) South Portland Historical Society seeks information on the men of the South Portland Shipyard Fire Department. (Courtesy photo) The South Portland Historical Society is looking for additional information about the photograph shown here this week. The men shown comprised the third shift of the South Portland Shipyard Fire Department. The photo is marked as having been taken on Oct. 6, 1945. This would have been after the war ended, so either the shipyard fire department continued for a time, or the date could have been written incorrectly.

Do you know any of the men in this photo? Perhaps your father or grandfather could be pictured here? The back of the photo lists the men from left to right: John J. Lydon, H.E. Moore, Jr., Frank W. Boothby, Jr., A.E. Vallieris, Henry N. Calderwood, Chief Edward T. Honan, John J. Gubbins, Eugene P. Temple, Edwin M. Palmer, Harold F. Maloy, William J. Lucas, Jr., John F. McIsaac, Olof H. Adler, Fred W. Howell, Carrol B. Sweeney, Alger S. Flood, and Charles Lundy. These men were all employed directly by New England Shipbuilding Corporation and served as the shipyard’s own internal fire department. The shipyard also maintained its own police force and had a hospital on site, as well.

If you have any information to share on the shipyard fire department or on any of the firefighters pictured here, please give the Society a call at 767-7299 or send an email to us at sphistory04106@gmail.com.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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