A dramatic image of the sideways launching of a wooden victory ship of which thousands were constructed for cargo and troops going to France. These boats were almost always under 5,000 tons and made mostly of wood. They were quickly constructed and very often crewed by African American stevedores and sailors. Very few ships exist today, though legend has it that a small fleet of them were scuttled on the west side of the Potomac going into the Chesapeake Bay and can still be seen from time to time. Near mint and fresh on linen.