• Created Date
  • 1904
  • Description
  • In 1900, Seattle’s Moran Brothers Company decided to enter the national shipbuilding field by submitting a bid for the building of the first-class battleship NEBRASKA. When the bids were opened, the secretary of the navy announced that all bids were too high. Robert Moran briefed the Seattle Times and the Post-Intelligencer, and a whirlwind campaign to raise the $100,000 was launched the next morning, to compensate Moran Brothers so that the s... more
    In 1900, Seattle’s Moran Brothers Company decided to enter the national shipbuilding field by submitting a bid for the building of the first-class battleship NEBRASKA. When the bids were opened, the secretary of the navy announced that all bids were too high. Robert Moran briefed the Seattle Times and the Post-Intelligencer, and a whirlwind campaign to raise the $100,000 was launched the next morning, to compensate Moran Brothers so that the shipyard could lower its bid. Local sponsors contributed the sum, deposited with the Chamber of Commerce, and the building of the first battleship ever launched from a Puget Sound ship yard was underway.Built at a cost of nearly $4 million, the NEBRASKA was the first U.S. battleship built on the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. The ship’s construction had employed 500 workers, and signaled Seattle’s entry into steel shipbuilding. The NEBRASKA was launched on October 7, 1904 before a huge crowd. less
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