Members-only: Beth Ship—Building on a Legacy

Members-only: Beth Ship—Building on a Legacy

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 7 pm Zoom

Shipbuilding in 20th Century Baltimore belonged to Bethlehem Steel. The company operated two, for a while three, shipyards employing many thousands of Baltimoreans. Beth Steel inherited a legacy of 200 years of local shipbuilding and carried it forward with World War 1 tankers, World War 2 Liberties, and finally late century super tankers and cargo vessels. This is the story of the Beth Steel shipyards, first of the ship building legacy they inherited and then how the employees and the company continued designing, building, repairing and converting ships until the virtual end of commercial shipbuilding in America in the 1980s.

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Speaker Bio

Jack Burkert
Senior Museum Educator

A Baltimore native, Jack has worked as a Museum Educator at the BMI since 2010. He graduated from the University of Maryland and spent his 40+ career in various educator roles in the Baltimore City School system, at the Pennsylvania State University, through private employers and in his own consulting firm. Jack’s specialty is his research into the history of Baltimore, its port, businesses, people and immigration. Read a recent article written by Jack for the BMI on industrial steelmaking.


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