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Parking Lot Series: Pusey and Jones Shipyard Parking Lot

Today’s parking lot view was taken at the Pusey and Jones Shipyard located in Wilmington, Delaware early in 1943 while the Cape Bon freighter was being readied for service at an outfitting dock. The lead image is a view containing an employee parking lot located outside of a fence and the gatehouse.

The second picture (below) is another view of the shipyard and seven 1942 and earlier automobiles that appear to have been owned by management employees.

The construction of the Cape Bon, a C-1-A freight ship at the Pusey and Jones Shipyard was finished early in 1943. The Freighter was operated by the Grace Lines and hauled cargo for four months before being converted into a World War II troopship late in 1943.

Share with us what you find of interest in the photo courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.

20 responses to “Parking Lot Series: Pusey and Jones Shipyard Parking Lot

  1. In the lead picture, in the lower left corner, is part of the front-end of a 1942 CHEVROLET. In the same row, 5th car back, is a four-door 1941 OLDSMOBILE Special Sedan , followed by a two-tone 1941 STUDEBAKER, either a commander or President.

  2. In the 3rd picture [2nd expandable photograph], parked near the railroad tracks & 4th car back is a four-door 1942 DeSOTO Deluxe with Airfoil headlights.

  3. In Item 2 of 2, next to the shed in the foreground, a pair of ’40 Buicks and perhaps a ‘40 Dodge. Fourth car up from the shed, the distinctive hidden headlights of a ’42 DeSoto. Across the way, behind the DeSoto possibly a ’41 Pontiac Streamliner Torpedo Coupe

    • Almost forgot, at the end of front row in Item 2 of 2, a ’41 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special…the model’s first designation as a Fleetwood.

  4. The lead picture seems to have been taken from the elevated railroad platform in the background of the 3rd picture, the ’42 DeSOTO DeLuxe back-end is visible. The 3rd photograph [2nd expandable picture] appears to have been taken from the gun platform on the Str. CAPE BON’s bow.

  5. I was struck by the parking pattern. Where the parking space abuts against the fence or sidewalk, most of the drivers backed into the space. But where the space is defined by those low curb, every last driver pulled in nose first. That makes me think those low curbs were mostly ignored come quitting time.

    And, yes, you don’t see many tire tracks in front of those curbs, but if it had rained just before the shift started, the only tracks you’d see were people arriving to work.

  6. The truck in the bottom pic looks like a ’39 or ’40 GMC cabover. I bet Pusey or Jones was driving the fancy convertible.

  7. Wow!! In the 3rd picture, on left in the upper group of cars, is a ’42 Desoto, one of my favorite cars of that era. If you go close-up you can see that the headlights are hidden.

  8. Bottom picture, next to the whitewall-tire equipped roadster (convertible?), is a 1942 De Soto with its one-year-only concealed headlights.

    • I concur. Every Sixty Special is special, but that model Studebaker is scarcer.

      About 18,000 60Ss were built from 1938-1941 — and many still survive.

      About 40,000 1A/2A Studebakers were built for 1935 — and fewer do.

      And that is the total for all 1935 body styles — of which there were:

      Coupe 2d 3p $695.00, Coupe 2d 5p $745.00, Custom Sedan 4d 6p $770.00,
      Limousine Cabriolet 4d $880.00 , Regal Coupe 2d 3p $725.00, Regal Coupe 2d 5p $775.00, Regal Land Cruiser 4d $895.00 , Regal Roadster 2d 5p $775.00 , Regal Sedan 4d 5p $785.00 , Roadster 2d 5p $745.00, Sedan 4d 6p $745.00 ,
      St. Regis Custom Sedan 4d 5 p$740.00, St. Regis Sedan 4 d 5p $715.00 and
      St. Regis Sedan Regal 4d 5p $755.00.

      1A production ran from December 1934 to September 1935 and 2A from November 1934 to November 1935. Studebaker assigned 12,000 serial numbers to 1A and 33,000 serial numbers to 2A, but some sources place production of 1A at 11,742 and 2A at 28,930 units.

  9. That 1935 Studebaker convertible coupe just right out at me, what a rare desirable car even then! Wonder if it was a President? One would guess the 1941 Cadillac 60 Special belonged to the shipyard manager, the 1942 DeSoto to one of his top men. The 1932 Essex Terraplane would have been considered a pretty old car by 1943.

  10. “Today’s parking lot view was taken at the Pusey and Jones Shipyard located in Wilmington, Delaware early in 1943 while the Cape Bon freighter was being readied for service at an outfitting dock.” This caption implies that the photo was taken before the ship was converted for military service so we might ask why there are gun platforms which can be clearly seen on the deck of the ship?

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