The H.A. Betaque Papers document Betaque's career as a resident representative for the United State Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation between
1918 and 1922, with particular emphasis the construction of the SS San Pasqual and the SS Cuyamaca in San Diego, California. Highlights include panoramic photographs of the San Diego Harbor and ship yard, as well as construction
photographs of the SS San Pasqual and the SS Cuyamaca. The collection includes correspondence, reports, costs analyses, engineering formulas, Emergency Fleet directives, photographs
and photograph albums. The collection is divided into two series: Personal Papers (1918-1921) and Photographs (1918-1920).
Harry Andrew Betaque worked as an inspector and later as a resident representative for the United States Shipping Board Emergency
Fleet Corporation from 1918 to 1921. The US Shipping Board sought to expand the United States' merchant marines during and
after the First World War. Because of steel and lumber shortages during the First World War, the government turned to concrete
as an affordable alternative. Thus, the Emergency Fleet Corporation created its Concrete Ship Section and began building concrete
ships. The Faith, built in 1917, was the first concrete ship built in the US.
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