The Ships from Fields Point
by C. Roger Wallin, Commander, US Navy Reserve, retired
The Ships from Fields Point commemorates an episode of local and regional history that occurred during World War II. At that time, an emergency shipyard was established at a waterfront neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The yard at Fields Point employed as many as 21,000 workers, and it built three types of ocean-going ships to support the war effort. Since the end of the war, there have been occasional articles in local newspapers that recalled the past existence of the shipyard, but there never has been an adequate description of the sixty-four ships that were produced there.
Author C. Roger Wallin has focused his attention on those ships. This book describes the three types of ships and explains how they were armed and equipped to perform their assigned missions. It also addresses the wartime operational history of the ships, and continues with their use during the post war years. Finally, an appendix is included that indicates the significant milestone dates and the ultimate disposition of each of the 64 vessels.
About the Author:
C. Roger Wallin, Commander, US Navy Reserve, retired, is a former Combat Systems Engineer. He was employed for forty years at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Newport, Rhode Island. He served five years of active duty, at sea, and as a naval weapons instructor at the Navy Officer Candidate School. He continued his military service for nineteen additional years as a drilling Navy reservist, concurrent with his civilian engineering career. He retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of Commander.
Wallin is a 1959 graduate of Northeastern University, where he majored in physics.